A Literary Analysis of the Novel 1984 by George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four is a dystopian novel written by Gorge Orwell in 1948 and was later published in 1949. The novel depicts a totalitarian dystopian world where all the citizens are constantly brainwashed and are forced to be equal. The people in the book are forced to work for big brother without any freedom as their rights are infringed. The party in the novel suppresses the people’s thinking by making them equal in addition to creating fear in them through strict laws and propaganda in order to stop them from resisting. Through this book, Orwell warns us of our possible future in 1984 by using symbolism, protagonists, and antagonists throughout 1984.
In 1984, George Orwell illustrates the effects of no individualism through totalitarianism, love/sexuality, loyalty, and identity shown among individuals and society. Firstly, 1984 portrays a society that is run by totalitarian authority. Totalitarianism in a manner permits no individual freedom and seeks to lower all aspects of individual life to authority. One
George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is a pessimistic and dystopian novel. Throughout the novel we are shown a sense of oppression and totalitarianism. In the beginning of the novel Winston, who has a strong sense of individuality rebels against Big brother, who is the dictating party. He writes in big words in his diary “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.”(Orwell 2013: 36-37) At the end of the novel the party tortures and brainwashes Winston into accepting the ideals of the party. This shows what a horrific world Winston lives in.
The greater good of the society is not more important than our right to privacy. In George Orwell’s “1984” he discusses a horrible totalitarian government where everyone is being watched at all times and killed for breaking their harsh rules. Sure, our government hasn’t gone to that extent yet, but it has so many similarities to our present day society. In George Orwell 's 1984 he says “any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it;.... He could be seen as well as heard” (orwell, pg 4) .Orwell is talking about a telescreen a camera of some sort that is always watching the people of Oceania .
His use of connotative diction creates an ominous mood, therefore creating a frightening effect on the reader. The thought of having no privacy is considered to be one of the most terrifying concepts for the average person, of which Orwell takes advantage in the first four paragraphs of 1984. In illustrating the inside of the Victory Mansions, Orwell describes the poster hanging on the wall as “one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes [of the man on the poster] follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.” This description is designed to immediately scare the audience, especially through the use of second person, which implies that everyone, even the reader, is being watched by the poster, and therefore by the government. Orwell chose his diction carefully in this passage to elicit a feeling of unease from the reader at the prospect of such an invasion of privacy.
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” (Page 4). When the novel was published in 1949, it was considered as a “futuristic” novel, which represented how the world was going to become. I believe that in some aspects, Orwell’s ideas became relevant and significant to our society because of the telescreens, the state control, the lies, and the endless wars among the spies. In the novel, most of the public and private places have telescreens that were constantly on, broadcasting government propaganda.
George Orwell incorporated the theme of totalitarianism into his novel 1984 to display the ever changing world around him during the time it was written. Comparisons between the world that Orwell described and current world activities can be made. The novel 1984 depicts a totalitarianistic government which can be related to historical events such as World War II, and to events that are currently happening today such as the NSA and the spying incidents that occurred in the United States. The novel of 1984 displays themes of totalitarianism. One example directly from the novel 1984 is this quote written by the author George Orwell; “Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no color in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere.
Rhetorical Analysis of “A Hanging” In his personal narrative, “A Hanging”, George Orwell, a renowned British author, who often used his talents to criticize injustice and totalitarianism, describes an execution he witnessed in Burma while serving as an officer in the British Imperial Police. Originally published in The Adelphi, a British magazine, in 1931, the piece was written for educated, politically aware people in England, in hopes of provoking questions regarding the morality of capital punishment, and perhaps imperialist society overall, in those benefitting from such a system. Although he died nearly seventy years ago, his works are still influential and relevant today. Using vivid descriptions and a somber tone, Orwell recreates his experience in a tense narration that clearly shows his thesis concerning the value of human life and the wrongness inherent to a system that dismisses it so casually. As “A Hanging” is entirely anecdotal, Orwell relies on masterful writing to place the reader at the scene.
The book 1984 was written by Orwell to caution future generations of the dangers of an all controlling government. Comparisons between Orwell’s novel about a tightly controlled totalitarian future ruled by Big Brother are in fact quite similar to today 's world. In 1984 they mention telescreens, nearly all public and private places have large TV screens that broadcast government propaganda, news and approved entertainment, but they also spy on citizens private lives. Today social media like Facebook tracks our likes and dislikes. Also individuals as well as the government are able to hack into our computers and find out what they want to know.
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, A theme of violation of human rights is thoroughly present, from violation of privacy, violation of the freedom of speech and religion, and the loss of humanity in general from the ever present form of Big Brother. As the villain of the novel, Big Brother- who represents the government -has absolute control over the citizens’ lives. While 1984 effectively conveys the dangers of a totalitarian government, Orwell’s predicted society is not present in today’s world. Comparatively speaking, the United States of America has more rights and freedoms than Orwell’s Oceania, but in some cases the rights of the citizens must be violated for safety reasons and other justifiable causes. Orwell’s novel 1984 paints a picture