Criticism Of Violence In The Novel 1984 By George Orwell

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Furthermore, the criticism of the portrayal of violence in the American society is evident in the work. Mass shootings is a constantly growing and distressing issue in the US. “By a purely numerical count, the United States has seen more than 1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days.” Pierre examines how an adolescent would be able to commit such crime by the description of the unfairness of the world surrounding him and looking at an example of serious violence through a comedic lens: “Empty flesh buzzes like it’s full of bees.” There is a correlation between the novel and a real life event, a High school mass shooting in Littleton, Colorado in 1999 with a similar scenario to Navarro’s crime, where “two teens went on a shooting spree,… killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide.” Due to this obvious topical allusion, an assumption can be made that the novel illustrates an American society in any year from 2000 onwards.…show more content…
It could be reasonably contended that that this critique might correlate with George Orwell’s criticism of authoritarianism. The anti-utopian “1984” aims to set the younger generation for democracy and against totalitarian communism by demonstrating the way it spreads intense fear and restraining power in order to control unconditionally an individual. Douglas Kellner discusses that the book would ‘conceptualise [Orwell’s] experiences of fascism and Stalinism and his fears that the trends toward this type of totalitarianism would harden, intensify, and spread throughout the world.’ Consequently, the novels elucidate the socio-political defects of their times with Orwell analysing the future and Pierre exploring the
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