Essay on George Orwell 's Nineteen Eighty Four ( 1984 )

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“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever”. George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four (1984) may appear to be merely a classic work of dystopian fiction, but as we delve deeper into the purpose and presentation of the text, we begin to appreciate the clear didacticism adopted by the author. 1984 goes beyond simplistic ideas to give a presentation of the future that is dominated by cynical fatalism. Orwell’s entirely pessimistic approach to human potential has been shaped by his own contextual issues, and questions our ability to maintain functioning society without a descent into the kind of oligarchy that he represents. Conversely, Fritz Lang’s iconic 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis, adopts an approach marked by the presence of idealism despite a defeated populace. In this way, Metropolis does not conform to a stencil of complete pessimism that is often applied to both texts.

In 1984, Orwell makes clever use of Juvenalian satire in order to make a biting political statement regarding dictatorial ideologies in his own socio-political context. In particular, exaggeration is heavily utilized in the party’s oxymoronic slogans. The obviously contradictory nature of the refrains, “War is Peace”, “Ignorance is Strength”, together with the population’s tendency to accept party dogma “…without question…”, highlights the incredibly pervasive nature of the government’s power. The party’s influence is so strong that it is seen to overcome the…

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