Setting The Standards Of A Genre

873 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Setting the Standards of a Genre: An Analysis of 1984 George Orwell’s 1984 depicts a society in which all the people involved are gradually losing all sense of individuality. The novel follows Winston Smith, a member of the outer party in this dystopian society. As an individual, he has been forced to believe the rules of the society he lives in. In Oceania, the country in which he resides, people believe what they are told to believe. Everyone follows the strict beliefs of the party and Big Brother, both of which represent the government. The members in this society know that to go against them was to become a traitor and would ultimately lead to their death. The party continuously instills fear in the general public, trapping them in a mindset that they are incapable of fighting against. All thoughts were controlled, and all actions censored. A simple accusation could lead to unspeakable amounts of pain and suffering. The constant fear of death plagued the minds of people, and messages of hate and false victory led to a corrupted sense of faith in a deceitful government. Throughout 1984, Orwell shows a nightmarish society in which even a simple thought could quickly become a crime. 1984 masterfully set the trend for dystopian novels, showing that a corrupt society could quickly lead to the destruction of individuality.
1984 follows the typical trend of a dystopian society novel, showing the excessive amount of power the government holds. Constantly being overlooked by…
Open Document