1984 gives us an insight into a possible future; a totalitarian regime that controls all aspects of each person’s life. We follow Winston as he struggles to keep hold of independent thought while leading his controlled and structured mundane life. He continues a spiral of events that he knows will eventually leads to his own destruction.
The population is being controlled by Big Brother and the Thought Police; the nation is brainwashed into believing anything that they are told. 2 + 2 does equal 5, anyone who does not agree will face unspeakable consequences.
‘he who controls the past controls the future, and he who controls the present controls the past’
If the government can erase all evidence of the past, and everyone believes what Big Brother tells them, then the past ceases to exist. Winston spends a great deal of the novel trying to prove their theory wrong, only to reach a chilling conclusion.
One of the things that makes 1984 such an important work of political fiction is that it was written during a period of political instability, in Orwell’s mind, this could have been our future! It is one of the most powerful books ever written, and something that every person should read at least once. In fact, this novel is so important that I find it very difficult to review. I can only tell you to read it – I guarantee that you will be speechless by the time you reach the end.
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