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Also commonly titled as Nineteen Eighty-Four~
1984 is possibly the definitive dystopian novel, set in a world beyond our imagining. A world where totalitarianism really is total, all power split into three roughly equal groups--Eastasia, Eurasia, and Oceania. 1984 is set in Oceania, which includes the United Kingdom, where the story is set, known as Airstrip One.
Winston Smith is a middle-aged, unhealthy character, based loosely on Orwell's own frail body, an underling of the ruling oligarchy, The Party. The Party has taken early 20th century totalitarianism to new depths, with each person subjected to 24 hour surveillance, where people's very thoughts are controlled to ensure purity of the oligarchical system in place. Figurehead of the system is the omnipresent and omnipotent Big Brother.
But Winston believes there is another way.
1984 joins Winston as he sets about another day, where his job is to change history by changing old newspaper records to match with the new truth as decided by the Party.
"He who controls the past, controls the future" is a Party slogan to live by and it gives Winston his job, but Winston cannot see it like that. Barely old enough to recall a time when things were different, he sets out to expose the Party for the cynically fraudulent organisation that it is. He is joined by Julia, a beautiful young woman much in contrast with Winston physically, but equally sickened by the excesses of her rulers.
You will meet many recognisable characters, themes, and words which have become part of our everyday life as you read 1984. Where did Big Brother first appear? Certainly not on Australian TV! Written in Orwell's inimitable journalistic style, 1984 is a tribute to a man who saw the true dangers of historian Lord Acton's (1834-1902) statement: "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- Submitted by The Atheist.
As Winston said, even if you are a minority of one it does not make you wrong.--Submitted by Anonymous.
Winston Smith lives in a world very unlike the world of his forefathers. There have been atomic wars just thirty years in the past and some of his memories seem clouded as Winston is filled with doubt, almost as if the events did not happen at all. Winston feels he must put these thoughts down on paper or they will be forgotten forever. However,such a task is forbidden by the state controlled government. Winston decides to write his journal anyway. What transpires next in the novel is at the heart of what makes men able to exist with some degree of hope for the future. Winston's world is a very hopeless, unfriendly place.--Submitted by Tom Hickman.
the book was okay. it was upper level thinking and I think it might have been a little much for a sophomore class. I also think that orwell predicted quite a bit correctly and I feel like if I was a bit older I would be able to understand it and appreciate a little bit more. the idea with the telescreens I think is pretty accurate, it might not have exactly happened in 1984 but times are changing and the amount of cameras and the lack of privacy is increasing. but I really didn't understand too much the idea with the hate week and that type of thing but overall the book seemed well written and if I was older I feel like it would be better understood.
After reading 1984 i have a few thoughts that i would like to address. -This book is a good book, not because of a riveting story (which is really doesn't have) or because of its in depth characters (also non-existent); its a good book because it serves as a warning for the future and even the present. Orwell opens our eyes to the problems with technology; mainly our societies lack of privacy. -Next up; Is this book appropriate for 10th graders? (that is the grade when I read it). I believe that in the present age high school is the time that it is most appropriate to read this book. High school is the best time to read this book because kids today are obsessed with social media and sharing; which, as Orwell warns, is causing our private personal lives to become less private and less personal. -Last point of interest; The character in the novel Julia is pointless. Julia's role in the novel is mainly just for Winston to betray at the end, but Julia could have been replaced with O'Brian, if he didn't betray Winston. O'Brian's role to betray Winston would have been taken up by the shop owner in the prole district, who betrayed Winston anyways. All around the book was enjoyable and a good read for High school kids.
"1984" by George Orwell is overall an excellent novel. The constant use of foreshadowing is easily one of the greatest literary devices in the novel, even being used in one of the first paragraphs when Winston examines the ominous Ministry of Love. Not trying to beat a dead horse here :beatdeadhorse5:, but how "1984" is becoming increasingly relevant in today's world is stunning; hopefully there won't be Telescreens being installed any time soon. Although "1984" is a little lackluster at some points, it really is a good book. It's definitely a novel that should be read at the high school level.
1984 was a thrilling, attention-grabbing, and eye-opening piece of dystopian literature. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a book that has you continuing to turn the page, and enjoys veering off the “normal path” to learn more and also change the whole storyline. 1984 is an eye-opening book because our society is getting closer and closer to the society that exists in 1984. This book is a great book for high schoolers to read because they are the future of our world and future is becoming more and more like 1984. What George Orwell has created in 1984 is truly brilliant yet disturbing to see our world forming into the world that Winston lives in. 1984 has changed my very own perspective on the world around me. The book was fantastic and a great read.
I felt that 1984 should definitely be read in high school. Although at some points challenging, this book opened my eyes into a whole world i didn't understand before. This book is a warning on future years, we have seen some of Orwell's predictions come true, so why wouldn't the rest? Also, the future does lay in the hands of adolescents. SO, if we are educated and warned on what happened in Winston's life, we are more likely to see the signs that would lead up to a civilization like that. This book definitely took your mind to some of it's darker places, but sometimes that's what you need when you're in a society that constantly sugarcoats things.
1984 was a gripping, exciting, and disturbing dystopia. Many of the frightening warnings in 1984 are becoming increasingly relevant as time rolls on, with constant surveillance and the new purpose of war being two of them. It is because of this that everybody should read 1984, and I think it is even more important that high school aged students read it. The future of our country lies with the youth, so it is crucial for them to recognize the dangers of totalitarianism. 1984 is a powerful book that carries a powerful message, and its message should not be ignored. With the increasing relevance of 1984, it is becoming more important than ever that we read this book. It opens up our eyes to our country's possible future, and I think most people would agree that we don't want to end up like Oceania. George Orwell was brilliant in the way that he wrote this book, and has been successful in changing many people's- as well as my own- views on modern day issues such as surveillance and privacy. Overall, I think 1984 was a fantastically powerful and disturbing book.
Although the beginning of the novel was slow and confusing to me, I feel as though 1984 was a worthwhile read by the end. I enjoyed reading about the idea of doublethink and Room 101 because they interested me most throughout the book. I also believe that this is not a book you can skip through and expect to pass an exam based on it. Some of its concepts are difficult to understand without actually reading it. The climax is particularly engaging, once you get to it. 1984 dragged on for me, but I think it was a good choice of reading.
The ally and enemy of Oceania is always changing between Eastasia and Eurasia throughout the course of the book. During Hate Week, a speech was given about the enemy of Oceania when suddenly half way through the speech the enemy changed from Eurasia to Eastasia. On instinct, the people in the crowd tore down the posters and banners claiming that Oceania was at war with Eurasia and blamed Goldstein for this misprinted issue. Almost immediately following the speech, the Ministry of Truth went straight to work and didn’t stop for three days. The people of the Ministry of Truth worked for three days to remove any proof that Oceania was ever at war with Eurasia. Has constant warfare affected Oceania so much that the people don't care who they are at war with?
In the book, Winston is harshly tortured, and O'Brian tells him he is eventually to be vaporized. O'Brian makes Winston believe that all persecuted of crime against the party are tortured before they are vaporized. But why would they torture criminals before vaporizing/killing them? Is it just because they're cruel and like the idea of inflicting pain unto the 'corrupt'? Or is there an actual reason for torture before death? :confused5: -pogona:ciappa:
During Winston's and Julia's first secret meeting alone they witnessed a bird out by itself in a field. I was wondering if this bird represented someone or something, or if it's just nothing at all...
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