Life And Universal Themes In George Orwell's 1984

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Imagine this: a world where the lives of every individual who ever existed is controlled by the government. To the extent of their very memories altered. To the extent when you think “I remember that kid next door I used to hang out with…” you begin to question, did he really exist. It is a world where everything is in the government’s hand, even places that should not be violated in an individual's existence. It is nothing more than a living nightmare. And that is exactly what George Orwell’s dystopian narrative, 1984, is. It is about a man named Winston Smith whose life is one in fear from the Party, their form of government. He begins to unravel more about the society he lives in, questioning it, until he is brought to an ultimate state of “tranquility.” And despite the coming and going of 1984, the time frame presented in the novel, Orwell’s vision of the future still exhibits a tight grip on modern society. Orwell displays a series of problems that have been ongoing since 1949, connecting with our society and therefore, having such significance. 1984 is a timeless novel despite the differences in ages with these universal themes present in any society, the message and warning offered throughout the course of the story, and the very fact that Orwell had such an eerie vision of the future which cannot be passed off as a mere tale. For starters, the story was written over fifty years yet it still covers the same recurring themes of individuality and of self-belief. “It
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