Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' The Circle ' Essay

1015 Words Oct 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Prior to last couple of months, the most recent time I read George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, was during my undergraduate years. It had an impact on my thinking, which became fairly fixed over time. Last year, when I read Dave Eggers’ The Circle, it set certain reverberations echoing in my mind, especially through the correlation of The Circle’s three slogans, “SECRETS ARE LIES, SHARING IS CARING, PRIVACY IS THEFT” (Eggers 305), with 1984’s “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” (Orwell 6). I then began to see, like others, that Eggers’ dystopia is a contemporary 1984; therefore, I felt it would be appropriate to compare them. In almost all the reviews and essays written on The Circle, there is not one critic who fails to mention in what ways this novel relates to 1984. Both are dystopian novels, but overgeneralization should be avoided. Still, it is useful to understand some of the general characteristics of both novels. They explore a society characterized by a focus on negatives such as oppression, injustice, and lack of freedom. Moreover, citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance and live in a dehumanized state. Therefore, it is not accidentally that the question of similarity pops up whenever a new dystopian novel is analyzed by literary critics. However, I find just tedious and unproductive to repeat what others have already mentioned about the resemblance of the two novels. So, the more I read about the two novels, the more I…

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