George Orwell's 1984

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George Orwell author of 1984 recently made it on Amazon’s list of “100 books to read before you die” for his widely read novel with thought provoking subjects like: the dangers of totalitarianism, physical control, psychological manipulation, manipulation of information and history, and technology. Through the themes in 1984, George Orwell demonstrates that a dystopian society created by totalitarian rule can infiltrate the minds of its citizens through various mediums. The famous novel falls into the same dystopian genre as other great works such as Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Aldus Huxley , and Orwell’s very own allegorical Animal Farm. However, 1984 is hailed by many for its continuity as a classic work…show more content…
The Party’s true power is finally revealed in the Ministry of Love as O’Brien questions Winston. It shares a philosophy similar to The Antichrist, Nietzsche: What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? Everything that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. [The true human being should seek] not contentedness but more power; not peace but war; not virtue but fitness….What is more harmful than any vice? Active pity for all the failures and all the weak. (http://archive.org/) In the concluding chapters, Winston faces the leader of the party O’Brien who had been spying on him since the beginning of his rebellion. O’Brien embodies the ideas of power mentioned in Nietzsche’s writing on behalf of the party. It was he who had complete control and trapped Winston into joining the fake resisting party. Ultimately, Winston was the only person who valued the truth in history and believed in the defeat of the totalitarian government. Oceania is an example of a perfect dystopia. The Party managed to completely break down any enemy of the state including Winston who symbolized the spirit of man; it strove for complete control and at the end achieved happiness which is defined as the feeling of growing power. Orwell’s novel has played a significant role throughout history. At the time of its authorship in 1949 some countries were exhibiting horrific

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