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Sensational 1984

George Orwell's View Of Totalitarianism Through The Novel 1984

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"Few novels written in this generation have obtained a popularity as great as that of George Orwell's 1984."George Orwell's popular and powerful novel was not just a figment of his imagination, it was spawned from many experiences from childhood to early adulthood, as well as from events circa World War II.At age eight, he was shipped off to boarding school where he was the only scholarship student among aristocrats.This was Orwell'sfirst taste of dictatorship, of being helpless under the rule of an absolute power.Unlike his classmates, Orwell was unable to afford to go to Oxford or Cambridge and his grades kept him from winning any more scholarships (Scott-Kilvert, 98).Therefore, he decided to join the Imperial Police in Burma, India.He wrote of the experience, "In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people…" (Reed, 3).Orwell hated the police and everything they stood for; he often hated the people he was supposed to help.The events that took place in his life and the rise of Fascism in the early 1930s made Orwell a committed anti-Fascist.Ever serious line of work he wrote as of 1936 was, whether indirectly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism.(Elements of Lit., 1057)
Orwell's purpose for writing 1984 dictates the major theme.He wants to warn people what can happen when the government is given too much power.He wants to showhow such governments can develop, and what methods they use to keep the people they are
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governing in their power (Bryfonski, 1057).The party in Orwell's novel is all-powerful because it is run by a group whose major purpose is to gain and keep power.They crush anybody who tries to commit an independent act.Their methods are harsh and efficient.
One of the method…


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