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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.

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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.

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