Wednesday, May 30, 2007


1984 is one of Orwell’s most powerful warnings ever issued against the dangers of a totalitarian society. Other of his books such as Animal Farm are much similar, but do not give the intensity and realistic quality of 1984.The book shows the worst human society imaginable, a dystopia, in an effort to convince readers to avoid any path that might lead toward such societal degradation. In 1949, at the dawn of the nuclear age and before the television, Orwell’s vision of a post-atomic dictatorship in which every individual would be monitored ceaselessly by means of the telescreen seemed terrifyingly possible. Backed by his party names, posters, and details of society assist Orwell in his work. To this day the book is still a great influence on the future. Things like telescreens have been created, just not for the same use, and similar governments in other countries are similar to his concepts. His warnings influence all who read his book and reveal some of the most terrifying possibility we fear.
Other examples such as two minutes of hate and the bans of information on the past also warn the reader of what present events are leading us to. In our world there is much hate. Things like wars, dictatorships, and other governmental issues are main causes of this. The idea of two minutes of hate seemingly makes sense in the future. The constant build up of such anger would drive citizens to insanity the entire time, so why not get it all out in two minutes. Other warnings such as banning of the information of past events are not only mentioned by symbolized by things such as the paper weight. This terrifying concepts are important warning George Orwell felt would be important to keep in mind for the future. The success of this book is determined on the influence on its reader. This book has truelly affected all of its readers and future leaders.

1 comment:

Miller said...

Matt, interesting ideas about the government's methods, especially the two-minutes hate. By focusing all the frustration and anger (brought on by the government's actions ironically) at an easy enemy, what is the government achieving? How does channeling that energy help perpetuate their cause? Do we have easy enemies today that help keep the focus away from our government?