The Warning Message In 1984 And Henry Orwell's 1984

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Acknowledging their different narratives, the warning messages that both novels have are consequently different. In order to fully understand the real messages behind these two dystopian novels, one should first look at their historical backdrop and then identify their embedded messages. Concerning 1984, Orwell published this novel in 1949 when the Cold War had not yet escalated. During this time, Henry Giroux argues, “Many American intellectuals supported communism, and the state of diplomacy between democratic and communist nations was highly ambiguous. In the American press, the Soviet Union was often portrayed as a great moral experiment” (110). In addition, Orwell himself witnessed the horrific lengths to which totalitarian, communist, …show more content…
He claims that Eggers wrote this book to warn us about our over accessibility to technology and the consequences associated with that and our privacy. The Circle deals with the misuse of technology, which results in posing threats to people’s private lives. Therefore, the warning message in The Circle is social.
In Orwell’s 1984, on the other hand, the warning message is obviously political. The title itself was meant to indicate to its readers in 1949 that the story represented a real possibility for the near future if totalitarianism and communism were not opposed, the title suggested, some changes described in the novel could become a reality in only thirty-five years.
In a nutshell, due to different historical background and change in media landscape, the cautionary message in these dystopian fictions has shifted from political to social. 1984 had a political message, but The Circle conveys a social message. They reflect to the actual world where these two novels are
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Mercer, Mae’s ex-boyfriend, attempts to escape and goes off the grid, but he is killed by driving off the bridge after drones prevent his escape. Drawing upon some of the arguments put forward by William Bogard, it is important here to underlay the theme of the “dichotomy of new social technologies” (1), namely their potential for good and their potential for

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