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1984

 

1984 is a political parable. George Orwell wrote the novel
to show society what it could become if things kept getting
worse. The first paragraph of the book tells the reader of
the "swirl of gritty dust....The hallway smelt of boiled
cabbage and old rag mats." Just from these few lines Orwell
makes it clear that there was absolutely nothing victorious
abuot Victory Mansions. Every image the reader recieves
from Winston Smith is pessimistic. Hate week, for example,
is a big event in Oceania. The citizens prepare for it like
Christmas. Instead of jolly songs with family and friends
over punch, Hate week is celebrated with fists in the air
while chanting about death, Goldstien, and whatever the
party wanted the citizens to disgust. 
Winston hates the party and Big Brother. He hates the
"pure" ones, also. Everthing about Winston's life drives
him closer and closer to a suicidal point each day. What
makes things worse, hte Party makes Winston think that he
is crazy for wanting to be free to think and for wanting to
remember. These simple things are taken for granted today.
George Orwell devilishly illustrates the brutality that man
can be capabel of when he is given such power. The people
of Oceania are forced to love Big Brother. There is
possibly no one that loves Bill Clinton, besides his
family. there are several that love to makes fun of him,
but on the political mainstream love is not involved as it
is in Oceania. The setting in itself is an extremely
important part of the novel. Winston lived in a "dark, gray
drab jungle." Posters of Big Brothr were everywhere. The
telescreen could see and hear asmost everything that
Winston did. However, Winston could hide from it long
enough to write in his diary even though he knew he would
get caught eventually. Winston was alienated before Julia.
He didn't have much contact with other people; he was
constantly hungry both physically and emotionally. However,
it is ironic that Winston enjoys the work he does but he
hates the falsification.
 
1984 is a satire of the upper class. The members of the
Upper class believe that they have supeiority over the
common people. They are always wanting more than what is
given to them. Very much like O'Brien telling Winston in
hte Ministry of Love that it wasn't good enough just for
him to say that 2+2=5; he had to believe it with his entire
being, to know that 2+2=5 or 3 or whatever the party said.

 




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