Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) published in 1949 describes a dystopian future controlled by the totalitarian regime of the Party, and big brother. Big brother is the omniscient, omnipotent leader of the state who has never been seen in the flesh. He is nothing more than a face and a voice on the telescreen. And every minute of the day and night, Big Brother is watching…you. The world Orwell describes is dark, were every move you make is watched were every word you utter is listened to and were every eccentricity of your character is scrutinized by the thought police.  Psychological manipulation and the control of information and history is a much stronger tool that that of physical force.  Deliberately weakening peoples’ memories and swamping their minds with a quagmire of propaganda, the Party is able to replace individuals’ memories with its own version of the truth and insure utter control!

It’s a dark book and I found it highly enjoyable as I haven’t read anything like it. To read about a vision of the future written in the 40s, filled with telescreens and where the state controls its people, sends chilling tingle up my spine when I  think of how close it is to today’s future. With Identity cards TV surveillance, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU!!   Nineteen Eighty-Four is a political novel written with the purpose of warning readers in the West of the dangers of totalitarian government that Orwell had witnessed, In Spain, Germany, and the Soviet Union. Unlike a utopian novel, in which the writer aims to portray the perfect human society, a novel of negative utopia does the exact opposite: it shows the worst human society imaginable Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of the most famous novels of the negative utopian, or dystopian, genre.

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