Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Literary Analysis

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George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel tells the story of a fictional society in Oceania under a totalitarian government rule following the aftermath of a perpetual war. However, in reality, Orwell had intended it to be a warning to readers of the nightmarish conditions the author depicted could happen anywhere. The story takes place in a terrifying dystopia, in which an ever-surveillant state enforces a perfect conformity among citizens through fear. lies and ruthless punishment. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dark satirical portrayal of a government simply known as the “Inner Party” bestowing a totalitarian rule and is lead by the mysterious Big Brother. The Party has striking and deliberate parallels to the Stalinist…show more content…
Orwell had specifically attacked Russia but drew on his experience in Spain to show that all-well meant societies were at risk. Animal Farm was the first time most of his political views had been showcased for the readers to see. As the pigs gained power, they found that they fell prey to ambition, selfishness and hypocrisy. Their abuse of power led them to do all the things that Old Major has specifically urged them not to do. Orwell’s message is that any society with leaders that have absolute power is ultimately doomed to fail due to the leader’s inevitable fall to temptation and commencement of their abuse of power. The Party as well as Oceania is the result of this belief. The power is misused to suppress individual freedom for the benefit of those who run such a…show more content…
His theories resemble some classic Big Brother fears that are quite prominent in more modern times. HIs work was based off the Stalin Soviet Union government and during that time Big Brother was a concept to be feared. Even today with the increase in technological advance and the constant scandals being uncovered in government officials, the idea of a secret underground base filled with surveillance technology is quite possible. It is a combination of Orwell’s opinions and experiences that influence his portrayal of The Party. The Spanish civil war, working in BBC and so forth, in fact, influenced his opinions about totalitarianism. Although, already against it, Orwell’s animosity towards the type of the regime strengthened. The Party is Orwell’s way of warning society that they were hiding right under their noses. His broad range of experiences and ideas caused him to form his perfect nightmare and communicate it in the book 1984. His political views were as loyal as he was and he tried to use his power over the English language to inform and scare his readers into realising the present danger. Thus, the Party was born in all its imperialism, hatred and

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