1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell written in 1948, which follows the life of Winston Smith, a low ranking member of ‘the Party’, who is frustrated by the omnipresent eyes of the party, and its ominous ruler Big Brother.
‘Big Brother’ controls every aspect of people’s lives. It has invented the language ‘Newspeak’ in an attempt to completely eliminate political rebellion; created ‘Throughtcrimes’ to stop people even thinking of things considered rebellious. The party controls what people read, speak, say and do with the threat that if they disobey, they will be sent to the dreaded Room 101 as a looming punishment.
Orwell effectively explores the themes of mass media control, government surveillance, totalitarianism and how a dictator can manipulate and control history, thoughts, and lives in such a way that no one can escape it.
This book opened my eyes, quite literally as I had to open them to read.
Good book with harrowing truths
While most of the what was portrayed in this dystopian society is a bit far fetched for our current day world. The generally ideologies behind everything happening in the story is very true and capable of happening, and in some cases, albeit a smaller scale, is happening. Be mindful of what you are constantly hearing, seeing, and reading online or in the news. For the human mind is a gullible one and also one to be easily deceived.
A look into the future(?)
When someone comments on a subject that it is Orwellian this what they’re essentially talking about. This book is simple in its story but has resonated for for decades. Government has full control; for our protection? Assimilate or be removed. Big Brother is always watching.