1984 Dystopia Analysis

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1984 A WARNING TO THE FUTURE
No one can imagine of living in an environment which is undesirous for most of us, in a society where the government watches and controls the actions of everyone, in which one is devoid of individual’s choice. A society where anything a person thinks or acts against the government can be punished by isolation, torture, or death. Independancy, freedom, personal thoughts is deprived from everyone’s life. A society which is often rampant with poverty, death, filth and other unimaginable miseries. A society where one’s social status ans career is pre decided and one is bound to accept it that is they cannot alter it. Apart from all there devastations to more mesmerize the pathetic circumstances, the governing
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Montage, the main character, fights his urge to fight The Party because he knows what his consequence will be but decides to join the Brotherhood for the common good of all mankind. This is how Orwell places his main character in dissent with society to enhance the overall theme of a dystopia. In conclusion, Orwell creates a “perfect” dystopia by using a futuristic setting, the fear of technology and by placing the main character in dissent with society.The novel deals with both the types of societies - Utopian and the dystopian,where they are opposed to each other. While the former imagines a model world which has been perfected by an ideal form of government, model citizens and absence of any form of false ideology or irrationality, whereas the latter give us a glimpse of a nightmarish future, where everything has gone horribly wrong. 1984 the dystopic world is the result of a political revolution post the world war and post nuclear atomic bombing. Historical events with political, social and economic repercussions can have massive effect on the psyche of individuals. Events like the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, changed the way wars were fought, it changed people’s impressions about war, nationalism, technology and even humanity. Sometimes these changes in human psyche are for the better, and sometimes for the worse. People also became suspicious of modern technology and scientific discoveries. This has given rise to a “totalitarian” like conditions, where the rights of individuals were heavily curtailed and the State enjoyed absolute power, which it exercised at its own discretion. Thus, a dystopia can also be seen as a satire on the contemporary or possible future conditions. Every generation which experienced some form of social, cultural, economical or political injustice has written about possible dystopias, which embodies its worst fears.

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