A Totalitarian Society In George Orwell's 1984

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In a totalitarian society ruled by one party, there is a man named Winston Smith. He works in the Ministry of Truth, where history is rewritten and distorted to please Big Brother’s interests. To escape the strict way of living, Winston begins writing a diary, which is an act punishable by death. Yet he’s determined to remain human under Big Brother’s tyranny.

One day, In the cafeteria, Winston spots a member of the party named O'Brien whom he believes to be a part of the rebel group called the Brotherhood. Later that day, Winston is handed a note by a girl named Julia. The note reads “ I love you”. Winston manage to get a room above a shop where he and Julia meet for their romantic engagements. Even though being in love is highly forbidden,
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1984 was written shortly after the end of World War ll as a warning to his readers. Orwell was concerned of what could happen when governments gradually takes away people’s freedom. He saw what could happen when a party is handed too much power, primarily in Germany and Soviet. Although the society in 1984 is fictional. Orwell's Oceania is terrifying image of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union absolute governmental control, constant starvation and the systematic execution of those who did not agree with the government's values. Acording to an article on BBC, Orwell had socialist political background and his book 1984, had unintentionally become a major weapon in the ideological war between left and right. “Orwell was indeed a genuine socialist whose warning was aimed at totalitarianism in general, not at the left specifically” David Aaronovitch writes(BBC…show more content…
War results patriotism and patriotism leads to devotion towards the government. By using the slogan “war is peace”, Big Brother is keeping the inhabitants to contribute towards their goals. The significance of the slogan “war is peace”, also applies to the other two slogans “freedom is slavery” and “ignorance is strength”.

One of Orwell’s tricks, is having the conceptual leaders of the opposing forces in Oceania as important role figures in the story. The reader is never directly told whether Goldstein and Big Brother exists, which leaves the reader in curiosity. However it is likely that both are merely party propaganda. Goldstein is an image created by the party to be hated, so the people of Oceania can direct their love towards Big Brother.

Overall 1984 is a great eye-opening book and I would recommend everyone to read it. George Orwell is a great writer and I love that there are hidden messages throughout the book. 1984 have made a huge impact on the society we live in. In fact, some of the quotes stated in the book are used by people yet today. I could go on forever discussing the book, but this will have to do for now. Remember, Big Brother is watching

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