Analysis Of George Orwell 's 1984 Essays

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Several alternative interpretations of George Orwell’s 1984 have been put forth since its publication in 1949. One interpretation is that the novel is actually meant to be a religious allegory. Another is that the novel was intended to represent the conflict between elitist intellectual arguments and common sense. While both of these positions have merit, the most likely interpretation is also the most obvious. George Orwell’s 1984 was most likely written by the author as a condemnation of totalitarian governments and a warning to readers of what can happen to a society under this type of political system. Evidence of this position as being the most likely can be inferred from the author’s personal history and his own words. It can also be seen in the specific content of the novel which describes some of the most common tactics actually used by totalitarian governments that Orwell would have been familiar with. Among these were psychological manipulation, physical control, control of information and history, technology and language as mind control. The novel shows us what would happen if these real world tactics were taken to their final result.
As mentioned above, one alternative interpretation to 1984 is that it was meant to be a religious allegory. Supporters of this interpretation believe that many things in the novel can be interpreted as religious symbols. For example, Big Brother could represent God and the party could be thought of as the Church. In the dystopia of…

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