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1984, a dystopia

Av 1984 - 28 maj 2010 16:37

One thing that is obvious when reading the novel”1984” is Orwell’s criticism against totalitarianism, his way of describing a potential future dystopia indicates his apprehension for the future. By exaggerating the development and restrictions of his contemporary society, he creates a fictitious community that is, in several ways, frightening. Therefore, rarely can one avoid scrutinize one’s own situation and compare it to the protagonist’s one. Which presumably is a deliberate action, well elaborated by Orwell


Consequently, readers start to inquire politics in their entourage and observe presently small matters that are capable of growing to intolerable extent. Especially the problems referred to in the novel, such as the threat of totalitarianism. However, understandable concerning the current form of government in several countries during Orwell’s lifetime, where different dictators, despite varying ideologies, in similar ways rule respective countries.


Moreover, the conflict in the book appears to be an external conflict between Winston (the name of the protagonist) and “The Party” which is the only and therefore logically ruling party. Nevertheless, the actual conflict takes place within Winston regarding his perpetual hesitation between taking action against “The Party” and refrain from it. Whereof the first alternative entails immense danger since “The Party” does not accept dissidents and constantly superintends the population through large, frequently recurrent, telescreens and microphones. Hence, it is utterly complicated to organize any kind of rebellious organization that involves more than a single individual. This is indeed a vital issue that has to be dealt with further on in the novel, with hopefully an interesting outcome.


//Anders Hansson 

 
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Av 1984 - 3 juni 2010 18:13

A few years ago I was on my way to a competition and I slept on youth hostel called “Esperantogården”. I thereby became acquainted with the artificial language called “Esperanto”. It was made by dr L.L. Zamenhof in 1887 to sim...

Av 1984 - 2 juni 2010 18:00

Winston changes during the story. In the beginning he is a bit negative towards The Party and his contempt for it and the happenings increase, maybe because the influence of Julia and her attitude to The Party, but in the end he is indoctrinated and ...

Av 1984 - 2 juni 2010 17:20

When reading this novel, many questions appear. Why did Orwell write this and whom was he writing for? Was the book written for the future, for the people of his time, or mainly for his own need to express his anxiety and hatred?  Perhaps is it a mix...

Av 1984 - 2 juni 2010 16:23

As mentioned previously in different ways,”1984” is a highly political novel. Intended to affect and enlarge the reader’s view of society and hopefully, according to Orwell, amend it. To do so Orwell endeavors to use an advanced lan...

Av 1984 - 31 maj 2010 22:57

I decided to look more at the recurring Party slogans, this time at “WAR IS PEACE”. My father and I had a discussion about dictatorship contra democracy. We along with Winston found out that in order for BB (or the dictator) to maintain a...

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