Modern Society In George Orwell's Dystopian Novel 1984

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In his dystopian novel “1984,” George Orwell imagines a world of evil, a place where the authentic individual is repressed of any basic rights. Fearful of this, he skilfully portrays the character, Winston Smith, to embody what life might be in a futuristic society, reduced of meaning, thought, and individuality. It is under these same values that German psychologist, Eric Fromm, hints Orwell’s work to be a warning. An eccentric reservoir for readers to understand the dangers and repercussions of a future where people are degraded into mere instruments. This rather ‘desperate hope’ of recognition is seemingly becoming relevant to modern society. One might object and claim that the world Orwell portrays will never become a reality.…show more content…
Rather, these nations collude into retrogression, and model a nation primed on the basis of militarism. In accordance to Henry Giroux, a Canadian professor, “war has become an all-embracing ideal that feeds the most totalitarian practices and shores up an authoritarian state as an organizing principle of society.” In other words, when governments actively participate in such toxic practices, policies of aggression are resulting into increasing levels of lawlessness that degenerate societies into a military organization. To give an example, “in America’s aggressive foreign policy of state torture, and gruesome killings of civilians by drones” (Giroux), people today are seeing that Orwell’s warning is being exacted. America cannot stop promoting militarism as justification to promote for the good of its nation, and is continuing to celebrate such aggression. When readers deduce 1984 as comparison to the nations of today, its propaganda that “war is peace”(Orwell 103) connects clearly to America’s policy. As Greider William of Princeton emphasizes, “military might is deeply grounded in the U.S national psyche.” As American morals allegate warfare to be a rational cause, readers can establish Oceania and America to have these same principles. Thus, the basis of war is a clear warning to Orwell’s desperate call of change in nations today. Language serves people for a greater purpose.
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