1984 Not So Far Off Essay

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1984 Not So Far Off

The year 2002 has finally arrived. This is a time to take a retrospective look at what has happened in the previous year. The same thing happened in 1984. Back then; the people decided if what George Orwell had predicted in his novel had come true. Taking a quick glance, the appearance of the society then, compared with the fictional society of 1984 was like night and day. But, on further inspection, George Orwell’s predictions were really not that far off. Now in 2002, the evidence of a 1984 like society is ever the more visible.

The focus of hatred in the two-minute hate can be seen today as well. Hate is an emotion that everyone experiences. In 1984, two minutes is taken every day to focus hate on Emmanuel
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The United States Army cannot locate Bin Laden, they don’t even know if he is alive. Yet, hate is still continually focused on Bin Laden.

Similarly to 1984, thoughts fade quickly in this Nation. That act happened less than four months ago and people are already forgetting about the horrific deed. The past quickly gives way to the present in this nation where media is king. “Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date.” (36) The hate of the people of today is similar to the two-minute hate of 1984.

The society structure of 1984 is also related to the nation of today. The proles made up 85% of the population of Oceania, but their thoughts didn’t matter. They had no connection to the government. The freedom to do whatever they wanted was also one of their rights. “They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, were middle aged at thirty, they died, for the most part at sixty.” (74)

Most countries have 85% of their population being very poor with a low life expectancy like that of a prole. The poor, who make up the majority of the population, live in very destitute living conditions. The proles only had a 40% literacy rate which is comparable to some countries today.

The proles were very comparable to the middle class American in some aspects as well. “They were
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