FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
Those words keep sounding in my head since I read this book Gosh, probably the most haunting not to mention frightening book I ve ever read 1984 should also be included in the horror genre.
1984 describes a Utopia Not Thomas More s version of Utopia, but this is one is the antithesis, i.
e Dystopia Imagine living in a country, whose leaders apply a totalitarian system in regulating their citizen, in the most extreme ways, which make Hitler, Mao, Stalin and that old bloke in V for Vendetta look like sissies.
Working, eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, thinking, procreatingin short living, all are controlled by the state Any hint of obedience or dislike can be detected by various state apparatus such as the Thought Police, telescreen, or even your children, who will not hesitate to betray you to the authorities Even language is modified in such ways that you cannot express yourself, since individualism is a crime.
The past is controlled, rewritten into something that will strengthen the incumbent ruler Who controls the past, controls the future Who controls the present, controls the past There is no real truth The truth is what the state says it is Black is white, 2 2 5, if the state says so.
The world in 1984 is divided into three states, originated from the ashes from World War II Oceania British Isles, the Americas, Pacific, Australia , Eurasia Europe Russia , and Eastasia the rest of it Continuous warfare between those three who hold similar ideologies is required to keep the society s order and peace Si vis pacem para bellum That s describes the first slogan.
The second slogan, freedom is slavery, means the only way to be free is by letting you lose yourself and to be integrated within the Party That way, you ll be indestructible and immortal.
Ignorance is strength, means the division on high, middle, low classes in society will never be changed The middle wants to be the high and they ll act on behalf of the low to dethrone the high Afterwards, a new middle class arises, all will change except the low The high and middle make and uphold the law, the low proletarian is just too stupid to revolt The state maintains its structure by torture, intimidation, violence, and brainwashing.
Blimey, Orwell s Animal Farm is already depressing, but 1984 gives depression a new meaning, at least for me.
I m gonna ask myself a mandatory question and say nothing.
Why the fuck had I not read this book before
In George Orwell s 1984, Winston Smith is an open source developer who writes his code offline because his ISP has installed packet sniffers that are regulated by the government under the Patriot Act It s really for his own protection, though From, like, terrorists and DVD pirates and stuff Like every good American, he drinks Coca Cola and his processed food has desensitized his palate to all but four flavors sweet, salty so that you will drink coca cola, sweet, and Cooler Ranch tm His benevolent overlords have provided him with some war happening somewhere for some reason so that he, and the rest of the population, can be sure that the government is really in his best interests In fact, the news always has some story about Paris Hilton or yet another white girl who has been abducted by some evil bastard who is biologically wired by 200,000 years of human evolution to fuck 12 year olds, but is socially conditioned to be obsessed with sex, yet also to feel guilty about it This culminates into a distorted view of sexuality, and results in rape and murder, which both make for very good news topics This, too, is in Winston s best interests because, while fear is healthy, thinking too much about his own mortality is strictly taboo, as it may lead to something dangerously insightful, and he might lose his taste for Coca Cola and breast implants The television also plays on his fears of the unknown by exaggerating stereotypes of minorities and homosexuals, under the guise of celebrating diversity , but even these images of being ghetto fabulous and a lisping interior designer actually exist solely to promote racism and homophobia, which also prove to be efficient distractions.
For some reason, Winston gets tired of eating recycled Pop Tarts and eating happy pills and pretending to be interested in sports and manufactured news items But, in the end, they fix him and he s happy again Or something.
1984 is not a particularly good novel, but it is a very good essay On the novel front, the characters are bland and you only care about them because of the awful things they live through As a novel all the political exposition is heavyhanded, and the message completely overrides any sense of storytelling As an essay, the points it makes can be earthshaking It seems everyone who has so much as gotten a parking ticket thinks he lives in a 1984 dystopia Every administration that reaches for power, injures civil liberties or collaborates too much with media is accused of playing Big Brother These are the successes of 1984 s paranoia, far outliving its original intent as a battery against where Communism was going Orwell was a severely disappointed Marxist , and while people who compare their leaders to Big Brother are usually overreaching themselves and speak far away from Orwell s intent and vision, it is a useful catchcloth for dissent Like so many immortalized books with a social vision, 1984 s actual substance is so thin that its ideologies and fear mongering aspects can be stretched and skewed to suit the readers If you d like a better sense of the real world and Orwell s intents, rather than third hand interpretations of his fiction, then his Homage to Catalonia is highly recommended.
This was an up and down kind of read for me There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that I found extremely difficult to maneuver through I m glad that I decided to pick it up and give it a go, because it s one that I ve been curious about for a long time I can definitely see why so many people love this book It explores a lot of things that we see happening in the world today I can t say I m leaving it as a massive fan, but I m sure it s one that I ll continue to think about.
I am a big fan of speculative fiction and in my literary travels I have encountered a myriad of dystopias, anti utopias and places and societies that make one want to scream andwith or without contemporaneous loss of bladder and other bodily functions .
Simply put, George Orwell s 1984 is unquestionably the most memorable and MOST DISTURBING vision of a world gone mad utterly bat shit psycho that I have ever experienced Ever Despite being published back in 1948, I have yet to find a chilling, nightmarish locale than Orwell s iconic world of BIG BROTHER and INGSOC The very mention of either of those terms invokes images of Nazis and Soviet gulags in my mind Yet Orwell s creation is in many ways even insidious than these real world bogeymen.
I first read this book when I was 12 years old in 7th grade as aget thisclass reading assignment Looking back on it, I have NO IDEA why on Earth we were reading this book at that age but I do recall we spent quite a bit of time discussing it I wish I could recall the substance of those discussions because I can only imagine the kind of PIERCING INSIGHT that a group of hormonally challenged pre teens thought up in regards to this book Needless to say, I think that this is a book that is best appreciated AFTER your first pimple Anyway, I decided to re read this book recently as an adult in the hopes that I would be able to gain a great appreciation for this classic Well, the book did than that IT ABSOLUTELY FLOORED ME From the very first sentence,It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteento the unforgettable final sentence which I will not give away here , this story sucked me in, beat the living shit out of me and through me out the other side a hollow, wasted wreck I know, it doesn t sound very cheery, but it is a life changing experience I have always thought that one of the best and most important qualities of science fiction is that it frees the author to take the controversial, politically charged issues and trends of the day and create a possible future based on exaggerations of such trends and in so doing present a compelling and critical argument for change Well NO ONE has ever done a better job than better Orwell in showing the possible nightmare and thus potential danger of a society without basic civil liberties and a government with complete and unchallenged control This book is bleak, dreary, frightening, upsetting and absolutely BRILLIANT and one of my All Time Favorite novels HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION 6.
REMEMBER, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.
I read Fahrenheit 451 over ten years ago in my early teens At the time, I remember really wanting to read 1984, although I never managed to get my hands on it I m almost glad I didn t Though I would not have admitted it at the time, it would have gone over my head Or at the very least, I wouldn t have been able to appreciate it fully.
From the start, the author manages to articulate so many of the things I have thought about but have never been able to find a way to put into words Even in the first few chapters I found myself having to stop just to quietly consider the words of Mr Orwell.
For instance, he talks about how the act of writing itself is a type of time travel It is communicating with the future I write these words now, but others may not discover them for hours, weeks, or even years For me, it is one time For you the reader, it is an entirely different one.
Just the thought that reading and writing could one day be outlawed just shivers my timbers I related to Winston so much in that way I would have found a way to read or write.
The politics and psychology of this novel run deep The society in the book has no written laws, but many acts are punishable by death The slogan of the Party War is Peace is entirely convoluted Individuality is frowned upon and could lead to being labeled a traitor to the Party.
I also remember always wondering why the title was 1984 I was familiar with the concept of Big Brother and wondered why that wasn t the name of the book In the story, they don t actually know what year it is because so much of the past has been erased by the Ministry of Truth It could very easily have been 1981 I think that makes the title powerful Something as simple as the year or date is unknown to these people They have to believe it is whatever day that they are told it is They don t have the right to keep track Knowledge is powerful Knowledge is necessary But according to Big Brother Ignorance is strength.
1984 is written in past tense and has long paragraphs of exposition, recounting events, and explaining the society These are usually things that distance me from a book and from the characters, but Orwell managed to keep me fully enthralled He frequently talks in circles and ideas are often repeated but it is still intriguing, none the less I must admit that I zoned out a bit while Winston was reading from The Book, but I was very fascinated by the culture.
Sometimes it seems as though the only way to really experience a characters emotions is through first person This is not the case with this book, as it is written in third person yet, I never failed to be encompassed in Winston s feelings George manages to ensure that the reader never feels disconnected from the events that are unfolding around them, with the exception of the beginning when Winston is just starting to become awakened I developed a strong attachment to Winston and thrived on living inside his mind I became a member of the Thought Police, hearing everything, feeling everything and last but not least, what the Thought Police are not allowed to do questioning everything.
I wasn t expecting a love story in this book, but the relationship between Julia and Winston was truly profound I enjoyed it even than I would have expected and thought the moments between them were beautiful I wasn t sure whether he was going to eventually betray Julia to the Party or not, but I certainly teared up often when it came to their relationship.
George has an uncanny ability to get to the base of the human psyche, at times suggesting that we need to be at war for many different reasons, whether it s at war with ourselves or with others That is one thing I have never understood why humans feel the need to destroy and control each other.
It seems that the main and recurring message in this book is about censorship and brainwashing One, censorship, is limited and little exposure to ideas of the world the other, brainwashing, is forced and too much exposure to a certain ideas Both can be extremely dangerous.
Inside the ministry of Truth, he demonstrates the dangers of censorship by showing how the Party has completely rewritten the past by forging and abolishing documents and physical evidence We also spend quite a bit of time with Winston in the Ministry of Love, where the brainwashing takes place Those who commit thoughtcrime are tortured until they grow to love and obey Big Brother and serve only the interests of the Party.
A common theme occurred to me throughout the book, although it wasn t necessarily referenced consistently The good of the many is important than the good of the one There are so many variables when it comes to this statement and for the most part it seems natural to say, Of course, the many is important than the one , but when inside Winston s head, all that I began to care about was his well being and not if he was able to help disband or conquer the Party and Big Brother I just wanted him to be at peace Whether or not the good of all is important than that of the one, I can t answer I think most people feel their own happiness is important than the rest of the world s, and maybe that s part of the problem but it s also human nature I only wish we could all accept one other regardless of belief and culture and not try to force ways of life onto other people Maybe I m naive for thinking that way, but so be it.
I almost don t know what to think about this book I m not even sure my brain still works, or if it ever worked right at all This book has a way of making you think you know exactly what you believe about everything and then turning you completely upside down and making you question whether or not you believe anything at all about anything It s the strangest thing Hmmm Doublethink Perhaps Perhaps not.
Everything about this book is captivating It s groundbreaking yet at the same time, purely classic Ahead of its time, yet timeless From Big Brother to the Thought Police, I was hooked and wanted to know about it all.
Basically, I think everyone should read 1984 at some point You really have to be in the mood to work at reading it, though But it s all worth it in the end It s absolutely incredible and I loved it I don t re read many books but this will definitely be one of them It is a hard read, but importantly, it is a MUST read.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen This changed the way that I looked at ideologies and changed the way I looked at leadership Cynical, scathing, and not without its flaws, this is still a stark, haunting glimpse at what could be War is peace Freedom is slavery Ignorance is strength Chilling The closing lines still come to me sometimes and remind me of depths that I can only imagine He gazed up at the enormous face Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache O cruel, needless misunderstanding O stubborn, self willed exile from the loving breast Two gin scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished He had won the victory over himself He loved Big Brother 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I frequently think The scene that I most often think is when Winston and Julia are captured 2019 reread Lost in my memory was to what extent Orwell describes and explains his nightmare Winston Smith cautiously and surreptitiously discovers the Brotherhood led by Goldstein and then learns all too well about O Brien s duplicitous doublethink.
More than just a cautionary political tale, Orwell has described an ideological abyss into which we must not gaze a glimpse at authoritarianism power plays to which the Nazis and Soviets never descended While we can appreciate the reminder to avoid authoritarianism and his prophetic vision, the idea that truth can be arranged through media is perhaps the most relevant for us today.
The Year Has Come And Gone, But George Orwell S Prophetic, Nightmarish Vision In Of The World We Were Becoming Is Timelier Than Ever Is Still The Great Modern Classic Of Negative Utopia A Startlingly original And Haunting Novel That Creates An Imaginary World That Is Completely Convincing, From The First Sentence To The Last Four Words No One Can Deny The Novel S Hold On The Imaginations Of Whole Generations, Or The Power Of Its Admonitions A Power That Seems To Grow, Not Lessen, With The Passage Of Time 547 Nineteen Eighty Four, George OrwellNineteen Eighty Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel published in 1949 by English author George Orwell The novel is set in Airstrip One, formerly Great Britain, a province of the superstate Oceania, whose residents are victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation Oceania s political ideology, euphemistically named English Socialism shortened to Ingsoc in Newspeak, the government s invented language is enforced by the privileged, elite Inner Party Via the Thought Police , the Inner Party persecutes individualism and independent thinking, which are regarded as thoughtcrimes 1984 1984 1982 1984 1361 272 1364 1367 1369 9644480449 1374 1376 1380 1382 1388 9789644480447 1389 312 1395 20 384 1392 318 1391 352 1389 392 1389 400 465 1396 400 1394 384 1394 384 1393 1392 399 1393 283 1394 375 288 1384 1385 1386 1388 1386 288 1392 1984 65 1984 1949 1984 35