24 Aug 2012
Book Review of 1984
Learn about politics, starts from 1984
1984, written by George Orwell, the version I read is published by Signet Classic, an imprint of New American Library. The book is about 325 pages including afterword. It is a fiction, in a third person’s view, which described a world under the control of the totalitarianism. Winston is the first main character, whose life is used to show the world. The story started from where he lived and ended with his loyalty and love to Big Brother. He was a member of outer party, who has better life than the proles according to the government. Winston did not believe in the party, the Big Brother. He remained the memory before the Revolution, some fragmented memory about a better life than he was experiencing. He held a belief in abiding faith, contrary to the faked fact that he produced for the sake of work. Through the process that how the party reintegrated Winston, we saw the party controlled the society, using what they learned from the history to improve the method of doing a brainwashing.
Julia is the second main character. She is Winston’s love, a beautiful young woman. Julia was born after the Revolution. She knew a little about the past through her grandfather, who disappeared when she was eight. She was zealous in the activities that government promotes, like Junior Anti-Sex League, Two Minutes’ Hate and community center. However, she is a girl who does not care about what the life will be tomorrow. She used her body to exchange for inner party’s good. Everything she did for the government was a mask, to distract attentions from sexually promiscuous rebel. She was sex criminal. After she fell in love with Winston, she believed that ‘It’s the one thing they can’t do. They can make you say anything — ANYTHING— but they can’t make you believe it. They can’t get inside you.’ However, she was also tortured to be perfect and even