1984 was written in the war ridden post WWII London. It is meant to be a warning about totalitariansim governments. Although it was written almost a lifetime ago, it is not outdated. There are still countries in which speaking out against the government can end your life abruptly. That is only a step away from being erased by the Thought Police. As long as those kinds of governments exits, 1984 is still a possiblity. Although it was written a long time ago, there are still timeless lessons to be learned from this novel.