Even most people probably know this book, I want to introduce my review of one of the most classic books, and one of my favourite either; 1984 by George Orwell. By genre, it is dystopian, political fiction. Novel was published in 1949 but was set to 1984, when the propaganda and government surveillance was something very common.
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After the global war the world was divided to three superstates. The book is showing a life of a man in totalitarian regime in Great Britain, the province of superstate Oceania. It is ruled by `Party` and employed by Thought police, which persecute each independent thinking and individualism. The Party leader is `Big Brother` who represents idol and cult of personality. The main character in this novel is Winston Smith, a well ranked member of a Party and good skilled worker but he secretly hates the State institution and their leader. He secretly writes his thoughts to his diary. Later in the story he has forbidden relationship with fellow employee Julia. They were caught, imprisoned in Ministry of Love and then tortured. After they were free to leave, they realized they don’t feel anything to each other. Winston discovered that he loves Big Brother.
At the end of this novel Winston realized he loves Big Brother, we should ask why? The thing is that his brains were washed and his feelings were ruined. He finally succumbed to totalitarian system of the state.
By my opinion, the novel 1984 by George Orwell is timeless. In fact, it is representing the controlled society, propaganda, censorship and government surveillance. Most people will probably understand this only as a display of communism, fascism or nazism; the most familiar totalitarian regimes in last century. It is true actually, but I think it`s much more than that.
Now when we live in the age of internet, cameras and satellites, our privacy can be stolen any moment. The propaganda and surveillance became much more effective and sophisticated. In fact, we don’t have to live in some authoritarian regime to be controlled without we would notice. Multinational companies can make profit with collecting human personal data, they can manipulate with us in a way that we can serve their interests. Governments in democracy can also manipulate us with mass media propaganda to justify military attacks, for example as war on terror, but the thing is about resources or geostrategic interests.
I just hope that worst nightmares from this novel won’t happen. And I hope we as people might be better to think with our own heads, this is important if we want that our planet and our humanity will survive.
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