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12/18/2008

Winston Smith's Escape from Reality

George Orwell's 1984, is a gripping novel written post World War Two, that is primarily about the use of control in a war sought country against the good of the people. It depicts a communist society, where the leader of the government has a say in everything, everywhere. Nineteen Eighty-Four ultimately illustrates Orwell's view of a futuristic society based on his past. Having lived through the regimes of Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin, it seems acceptable that Orwell could dream of such a harsh reality. Overall, this novel can be seen as a warning against the quest for power due to the totalitarian nature of the party, the socially constricted setting, and the rebellious desire of the Brotherhood to overwhelm the party.

Orwell himself considers 1984 a satiric exaggeration of the abuse of power in a totalitarian society. In the novel, Big Brother is portrayed as the leader of the party and ultimately brainwashes the citizens of Oceania to support his regime. It is the use of power that he has, that causes people in Oceania to believe in him. The extent of his control can be seen

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