Essay on Society’s Influence on 1984 and George Orwell

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Society’s Influence on 1984 and George Orwell

"To say 'I accept' in an age like our own is to say that you accept concentration-camps, rubber truncheons, Hitler, Stalin, bombs, aeroplanes, tinned food, machine guns, putsches, purges, slogans, Bedaux belts, gas-masks, submarines, spies, provocateurs, press-censorship, secret prisons, aspirins, Hollywood films and political murder" (Bookshelf I).

Politics, society, economy, and war during the forties had a direct impact on life at the time. A good example of this influence was the writing of Eric Arthur Blair, whose pen-name was George Orwell (Bookshelf II).

George Orwell's 1984 is written from a third person perspective-in this case, a selective omniscient, focusing mostly
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He discovers Julia, whom he falls in love with, and she has the same beliefs as him. Together they find O'Brien-a member of the inner-party, whom-Winston believes-could overthrow "The Party" (the Government), and Big Brother: the supreme governmental leader that may be fictional or may be real, we never know. They become inner-party members but then are betrayed by O'Brien, separated from each other (that's the last we hear of Julia), and Winston is tortured, until he believes the way of the party. He finally is put through enough torture in the Ministry of Love that he gives in, and believes everything the party believes-the past is alterable, the present can change, and that 2+2=5 if they say it is so.

It is a classic case of negative utopia; the absolute worst life possible. Having to watch every step you take, especially with a Telescreen (an object that looks like a modern television but is two way, meaning that the person in the TV can see you) around every corner. George Orwell made this prediction of life in 1984 based entirely on what was happening in the 1940s. If the economic, political, and social problems continued as they did in the 40s, Orwell's vision may have become true.

The same attitude towards the government in 1984 was shown in Orwell's life. Orwell has served five years in the Burmese police (Ross 56), and he was a member of the British Left-a group that's basis was anti-Stalinism (Ross 54). Orwell had

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