George Orwell's 1984 Analysis

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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 …show more content…
In Oceania, not only is the news controlled, but every single piece of information imaginable. For example, Winston works for an agency which reviews and rewrites everything such that the party is never seen as making mistakes. Even historical information is manipulated to the benefit of the Party so that no one questions their present power and can justify anything they want. Censoring has often been used by totalitarian governments. For example, before World War II began on May 10, 1933 Nazi supporters burned over 25,000 books trying to eliminate any writing that could possibly be contradictory to the beliefs or goals of the Nazi Party (“When People”). It is very possible that George Orwell was aware of these burnings and that it influenced his thoughts on the destructive power of

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