George Orwell's Criticism Of Science Fiction

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Science Fiction is defined as fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes. Many of these types of novels portray a dystopian future society as seen in George Orwell’s 1984. Other works portray monsters like in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Or they deal with time travel, and aliens like the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. In any case, there are a multitude of stories that can be categorized in this one genre. With each story portraying the monster as society, aliens, or even giant being made of dead people. Science Fiction is a diverse topic in which each author is inspired to write their story the way they want to with a message that warns the reader of the consequences …show more content…
Many people believe that the ending of 1984 left the reader cringing. What they have been unable to see is that the ending was meant to be a joke. It is widely believed that Orwell should have been more clear about his humor. However, many understood and appreciated the joke. As Patrick Rielly writes in the book Nineteen Eighty-Four: Past, Present, and Future “Why on earth blame Orwell because people cannot read properly or lack a sense of humor?” He believes that it is wrong to attack Orwell especially since many of us can’t fully grasp totalitarianism. We are told that we should thank Orwell and not resent him on how he chose to end his book (Rielly). This Reader-Response criticism demonstrates the misinterpretation of what Orwell actually meant as an …show more content…
The corpse mines were closed down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians…. And then one morning, they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in Europe was over. Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two horses. The wagon was green and coffin shaped. Birds were talking. One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, “Poo-tee-weet?
(Vonnegut 273-275) The delicate balance as demonstrated explains that life exists all around death. That although death is awful, life still prevails.
In conclusion, Science Fiction is a very diverse and interesting topic. Different backgrounds lead to different stories being created with the message that is most important to that author. That although this genre is very diverse, it can be unified under the author trying to make a

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