George Orwell has written many classic books. One of these is 1984. This book, written in 1949, challenges many people’s views. The governmental party, headed by Big Brother, rewrites history to agree with their current views. 1984 depicts the horrors of communism and fascism in an unusual way, through the eyes of a semi-wealthy citizen.
George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair, the son of a British civil servant, in 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, in India. He married Eileen O’Shaughnessy in 1936, two years after writing his first book: Burmese Days. He published Animal Farm in 1945. 1984 was published one year before his death on January 21, 1950. Orwell also published various journalist columns, essays and poems. Orwell told his childhood friend Jacintha Buddicom: Wellington was ‘beastly’, but at Eton, another college he attended, he was ‘interested and happy’. Orwell was interested in natural history, and had a keen interest in ornithology, the study of ...view middle of the document...
He eventually meets Julia, who works in the Ministry of Truth as well, but she works in the Fiction Department, where stories are written so they agree with the ideals of the Party. At first, Winston is convinced she is a spy, and wants to turn him in to the party, but eventually she slips him a note proclaiming her love for him. Love, however, is strictly prohibited by the party. Together the pair realizes they both despise Big Brother and the posters everywhere proclaiming: “Big Brother is watching you.”
The trepidations from this novel last far longer than the read. The Party tortures and kills people who twitch in a way that is inappropriate for the circumstances, for example, having a slight smile at a funeral. The Party tries to remove all pleasure from life, and anything a member of society does has to agree perfectly with the government, or they risk paying the price of their life. Young comrades go to school to get taught to report anyone who commits thoughtcrime, no matter how related they are -- a girlfriend, a parent or a spouse. Winston put it best: “Thoughtcrime does not entail death; though crime is death,” (27). “No one dares trust a wife of child or a friend any longer,” (220). The Party also changes the past to agree with the present, and will never admit to being wrong, not meeting expectations, or losing a battle. The Party had complete control of everyone’s thoughts. “In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it,” (80). This dystopian government also warped the minds of its citizens so much no one questioned their slogan: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength,” (26).
1984 brings about many new thoughts to readers. Fascism and communism on Earth has done many similar things to the Party. People are tortured and killed because of completely illegitimate reasons, if any even exist. People are forced to follow a dangerous government, because if they don’t, they will be put to death. Young boys are required to go to war in certain countries. Even though the year 1984 has passed by, the terrors of this book still live, and will unfortunately continue to live because, to quote Animal Farm, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”