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How and why is a social group represented in a particular way? In relation to the book 1984.

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Balaji Ullal Bhat II 12CC Task 2 Outline: Prescribed Question: ?How and Why is a social group represented in a particular way?? Title of the text for analysis: ?1984? My critical response will: present background information which links to the writter?s purpose. present examples from the text that reflect the nature of the social group choosen. link previously written texts by the author to the representation of the social group chosen. The intended effect on the reader. 1984 is a darkly satirical political novel by George Orwell. It was first published on June 8, 1949, is Orwell's most famous work, and is the inspiration of the word "Orwellian." The story takes place in a nightmarish dystopia, in which an ever-surveillant State enforces perfect conformity among citizens through fear, lies and ruthless punishment. The Party is the government running Oceania and is headed by the mysterious Big Brother. It?s rise to power is uncertain and their activities are covert. The Party has striking and deliberate parallels to the Stalinist Soviet Union. ...read more.

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His early writing reveal some of the reasons of why he wrote 1984. In fact his essay ?Why I Write? explains clearly that all the "serious work" he had written since the Spanish Civil War in 1936 was "written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism.? Animal Farm was another one of Orwell?s writings that was an allegory of the Russian Revolution thinly veiled as an animal fable. Orwell had specifically attacked Russia but drew on his experiences in Spain to show that ?all well-meant societies are at risk?. Animal Farm was the first time most of his political views had been showcased for the readers to see. As the pigs gained power, they found that they fell prey to ambition, selfishness and hypocrisy. Their abuse of power led them to do all the things that Old Major has specifically urged them not to do. Orwell?s message is that any society with leaders that have absolute power is ultimately doomed to failure due to the leader?s inevitable fall to temptation and commencement of their abuse of power. The Party as well as Oceania is the result of this belief. ...read more.

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Orwell?s theories and speculations makes the reader question the system of Government they follow. His theories resemble some classic Big Brother fears that are quite prominent in more modern times.His work was based off the Stalinistic government and during that time Big Brother was a concept to be feared. Even today with the increase in technological advances and the constant scandals being uncovered in government officials, the idea of a secret underground base filled with surveillance technology is quite probable. It is a combination of Orwell?s opinions and experiences that influenced his portrayal of The Party. The Spanish civil war, working in BBC and such have, in fact, influenced his opinions about totalitarianism. Although, already against it Orwell?s animosity towards the type of regime strengthened. The Party is Orwell?s way of warning society that the wheels were in motion right under their noses. His eclecticism of experiences and ideas caused him to form his perfect nightmare and communicate it in the book 1984. His political views were as staunch as he was and he tried to use his power over the English language to inform and scare his readers into realising the present danger. Thus, The Party was born in all its imperialism, hatred and evil. ...read more.

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