• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Critical Analysis: 1984 George Orwell.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Critical Analysis: 1984 George Orwell George Orwell's final book, Nineteen Eighty-Four was published a just seven months before his death in January 1950. A s a consequence this book has therefore gained almost legendary status as Orwell's prophesy. However, this reputation has only served to disguise what through reading be described as an analytical, almost essay form attack against Stalinism or totalitarianism in general. However, this accompanied by Orwell's natural satirical style of writing delivers a carefully crafted attack on dictatorial "socialism." The sheer obviousness of the totalitarian society in 1984 is not only intimidating through its written word but also as both a concept and as Orwell's opinion of the future. Issues raised in the book such as the theory of "big brother" and the premeditated threat of the corrupt Utopia shocked many who read it. Due to the cultural influence of the book on any who read it, the year 1984 was approached with all the trepidation of the Millennium. The main reason for this was that people were aware of the inherent possibility that "Big Brother" of the new Millennium could exist, albeit in a subtler manner. ...read more.

Middle

1984 has a darker mental picture than Orwells' initial utopia. With its dirty corridors and hunger stricken denizens, the all-seeing telescreen, lacking todays prerequisite subtlety and Winston's alcove away from the huge omniscient figure of Big Brother the mental picture conveyed becomes one of twisted society. Big Brother is the source of Winston's eternal fear however Winston's fear can be explained by his own self-hatred. Near the beginning of the book he admits that the thought police may not be watching everyone, however throughout the novel Orwell seems to detail that this is used as a hypothetical mental torture used to keep society in check with the minimum of effort. The main source of fear for the proles (the lower classes of utopia) has to be the Rocket bombs, which according to Julia( Winston's girlfriend) are launched by Oceania itself to keep the Proles too scared to rise up against the Party. This is not entirely hypothetical, as the proles make up over 80% of Oceania's population but are not seen as important enough to even cause a rebellion. ...read more.

Conclusion

Much like Snowball and Napoleon of Animal farm fame, and as with Animal Farm, the inference is that Goldstein was killed yet his persona being kept around for reasons of propaganda and to produce a vent for frustrations to be channelled into before they inadvertently backfire onto the party. The party must stick with this figure due to the constant changing of alliances between Eurasia and Eastasia, much like Frederick and Pilkington of Animal Farm. Even Winston is not immune to the propaganda of Big Brother as he almost forgets the fact that, but a month ago Oceania had been fighting the other side. He attempts to explain the enormity of this to Julia who just shrugs it off, feigning ignorance. This is just the sort of thought the party wants, protective stupidity. Ignorance is Strength. This section of The Book drawls on and simply reaffirms Winston's own fears about how the party works but never explains why. However Orwells re-affirmation of the control that the totalitarian state has over the mind, "the best books are the ones that tell you what you already know." ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE 1984 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE 1984 essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    How is Orwell's attitude towards totalitarianism personified through the characters of Winston and O'Brian ...

    4 star(s)

    "The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred" In the years immediately after the First World War, a promising new era of democracy seemed to be unfolding. The autocratic regimes in Russia, Germany and Austria, were all overthrown and replaced by republics.

  2. Peer reviewed

    Some readers have felt that, even allowing for the bleakness of the times in ...

    4 star(s)

    Winston's view on sex is corrupted by other characters around him. His aggressiveness towards women evolves from his wife's stagnant attitude, and he feels dependent on Julia to satisfy his lust. There are some definite similarities between Winston Smith and George Orwell himself.

  1. Peer reviewed

    shocking literary techniques - George Orwell's 1984

    3 star(s)

    BIG BROTHER", By this time in the novel the reader knows that consequences of this is certain death.But whinston escapes lucky, which is a relief to the reader. This gives the idea that whinston is already beginning to neglect the party and the control of Big Brother.

  2. Short Story beginning, based on George Orwell's "1984"

    It was artificial in the fact that the humidity was generated due to the fact the buildings were so tall and close together, creating a synthetic weather system, at street level. Even the sounds were the same, so even if you were blind you would be able to hear your way around.

  1. Comparing Texts: 'Nineteen Eighty Four' & 'The Handmaid's Tale' How do Orwell and Atwood ...

    Offred almost sounds as if she's trying to point something out in this quote, but it is confined to her mind. As long as no one knows, therefore, only in the presence of your mind, but not anyone else's, you are not likely to be caught.

  2. 1984 by George Orwell - summary

    There was a public hanging once a month, which was a source of entertainment for some and Most goods were also rationed and coupons were required for clothes and other important things. The children are shown to be strange and they showed no respect for their parents Winston's neighbor, Mrs.

  1. Compare the Presentation of Rebellion in 'Ninety Eighty Four' and 'Brave New World'.

    Unlike others at the reservation, John has been educated by his mother and is able to read, write and speak perfect English. He has even got hold of a copy of 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare' and religiously recites quotes from different plays.

  2. An Analysis of the Origins and Politics in Ninteen Eighty-four

    We can see in his past work as in Nineteen EightyFour, This crushing of the human sprit and of the individual, the corruption that power brings, the physical horror of existence, and the inevitable tyranny of those who rule without control or accountability.3 For example, almost all of the ideas

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work