Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-FourThe World Of 1984 Is One In Which Eternal Warfare Is The Price Of Bleak Prosperity, In Which The Party Keeps Itself In Power By Complete Control Over Man S Actions And His Thoughts As The Lovers Winston Smith And Julia Learn When They Try To Evade The Thought Police, And Then Join The Underground Opposition, The Party Can Smash The Last Impulse Of Love, The Last Flicker Of Individuality. This book is far from perfect Its characters lack depth, its rhetoric is sometimes didactic, its plot well, half of it anyway was lifted from Zumyatin s We, and the lengthy Goldstein treatise shoved into the middle is a flaw which alters the structure of the novel like a scar disfigures a face.But in the long run, all that does not matter, because George Orwell got it right.Orwell, a socialist who fought against Franco, watched appalled as the great Soviet experiment was reduced to a totalitarian state, a repressive force equal in evil to Fascist Italy or Nazi Germany He came to realize that ideology in an authoritarian state is nothing but a distraction, a shiny thing made for the public to stare at He came to realize that the point of control was control, the point of torture was torture, that the point of all their alternative facts was to fashion a world where people would no longer possess even a word for truth If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. Orwell s vision of the world is grim too grim, some would argue, for it may deprive the faint hearted among us of hope But Orwell never wanted to take away hope No, he wished to shock our hearts into resistance by showing us the authoritarian nightmare achieved a monument of stasis, a tribute to surveillance and control.Here, in the USA, in 2017, our would be totalitarians are a long way from stasis Right now
WAR IS PEACE.FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.Those words keep sounding in my head since I read this book Gosh, probably the most haunting not to mention frightening book I ve ever read 1984 should also be included in the horror genre.1984 describes a Utopia Not Thomas More s version of Utopia, but this is one is the antithesis, i.e Dystopia Imagine living in a country, whose leaders apply a totalitarian system in regulating their citizen, in the most extreme ways, which make Hitler, Mao, Stalin and that old bloke in V for Vendetta look like sissies.Working, eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, thinking, procreatingin short living, all are controlled by the state Any hint of obedience or dislike can be detected by various state apparatus such as the Thought Police, telescreen, or even your children, who will not hesitate to betray you to the authorities Even language is modified in such ways that you cannot express yourself, since individualism is a crime.The past is controlled, rewritten into something that will strengthen the incumbent ruler Who controls the past, controls the future Who controls the present, controls the past There is no real truth The truth is what the state says it is Black is white, 2 2 5, if the state says so.The world in 1984 is divided into three states, originated from the ashes from World War II Oceania British Isles, t
In George Orwell s 1984, Winston Smith is an open source developer who writes his code offline because his ISP has installed packet sniffers that are regulated by the government under the Patriot Act It s really for his own protection, though From, like, terrorists and DVD pirates and stuff Like every good American, he drinks Coca Cola and his processed food has desensitized his palate to all but four flavors sweet, salty so that you will drink coca cola, sweet, and Cooler Ranch tm His benevolent overlords have provided him with some war happening somewhere for some reason so that he, and the rest of the population, can be sure that the government is really in his best interests In fact, the news always has some story about Paris Hilton or yet another white girl who has been abducted by some evil bastard who is biologically wired by 200,000 years of human evolution to fuck 12 year olds, but is socially conditioned to be obsessed with sex, yet also to feel guilty about it This culminates into a distorted view of sexuality, and results in rape and murder, which
1984 is not a particularly good novel, but it is a very good essay On the novel front, the characters are bland and you only care about them because of the awful things they live through As a novel all the political exposition is heavyhanded, and the message completely overrides any sense of storytelling As an essay, the points it makes can be earthshaking It seems everyone who has so much as gotten a parking ticket thinks he lives in a 1984 dystopia Every administration that reaches for power, injures civil liberties or collaborates too much with media is accused of playing Big Brother These are the successes of 1984 s paranoia, far outliving its original intent as a battery against where Communism was going Orwell was a severely disappointed Marxist , and while people who compare their leaders to Big Brother are usually overreaching themselves and speak far away from Orwell s intent and vision, it is a useful catchcloth for dissent
I m gonna ask myself a mandatory question and say nothing .Why the fuck had I not read this book before It s written 1948 Clearly History has its twisted ways to repeat itself..A Note that MUST be written in the cover of every edition. 1948 40 , , , , , The Hunger Games The Maze Runner Divergent 1984 , , 1948 , 40 1984 3 , , , , , , , , Unperson , , , , 85%
. . ____________ 2 2 5 view spoiler hide spoiler . , 1949 1984 19 101 .. I am a big fan of speculative fiction and in my literary travels I have encountered a myriad of dystopias, anti utopias and places and societies that make one want to scream and. with or without contemporaneous loss of bladder and other bodily functions .Simply put, George Orwell s 1984 is unquestionably the most memorable and MOST DISTURBING vision of a world gone mad utterly bat shit psycho that I have ever experienced Ever Despite being published back in 1948, I have yet to find a chilling, nightmarish locale than Orwell s iconic world of BIG BROTHER and INGSOC The very mention of either of those terms invokes images of Nazis and Soviet gulags in my mind Yet Orwell s creation is in many ways even insidious than these real world bogeymen.I first read this book when I was 12 years old in 7th grade as aget thisclass reading assignment Looking back on it, I have NO IDEA why on Earth we were reading this book at that age but I do recall we spent quite a bit of time discussing it I wish I could recall the substance of those discussions because I can only imagine the kind of PIERCING INSIGHT that a group of hormonally challenged pre teens thought up in regards to this book Needless to say, I think that this is a book that is best appreciated AFTER your first pimple Anyway, I decided to re read this
This was an up and down kind of read for me There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that I found extremely difficult to maneuver through I m glad that I decided to pick it up and give it a go, because it s one that I ve been curious about for a long time