Orwell 's 1984 By George Orwell Essay

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Author Christopher Hitchens had once said that “the totalitarian, to me, is the enemy - the one that 's absolute, the one that wants control over the inside of your head, not just your actions and your taxes” ("Totalitarian”). George Orwell’s novel, 1984, cautions the reader about the dangers of a totalitarian regime. The dystopian future that Orwell created in his novel shows the devastating effects on the people themselves. The people of Oceania lost their intelligence, independence, and even their love for one another. Governments with unlimited power will eventually destroy humanity itself.
The characteristics of human beings are deliberately stripped away by the government, leaving Winston as the last representation of humanity. First of all, how would one define a term as vague as humanity? According to one dictionary, “the definition of humanity is the entire human race or the characteristics that belong uniquely to human beings” (“Humanity”). Intelligence, independence, and intimacy are three characteristics that are associated with human beings. In the novel, the totalitarian government had eliminated these characteristics of the people in this dystopia. According to literary critic Robert McCrum, Orwell’s dystopian novel has such a depressing mood because it reflects the author’s own life. Orwell was a constantly ill man, experienced many wars and lived the end of his life as a widower (McCrum). Using this knowledge, it would explain why the government acquires…

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