Dystopia In George Orwell's 1984

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George Orwell’s 1984 is indisputably one of the most influential and best-known novels of the century. Since the composure of the novel, it has been relatively popular, but interest in the book especially spiked when there were instances national surveillance issues in the government. For example, the novel had a 10,000% increase in sales in the Amazon Marketplace during the campaign of Donald Trump (NPR). The novel projects a society that is a negative utopia, which better known as a dystopia, of a totalitarian society that utilizes surveillance, terror, and an oppressive government to have total dominance over the citizens. The book is widely adopted by high schools and universities to inoculate young people against the horrors of communism and totalitarianism, and to give the students an understanding of the structure of dystopias. …show more content…
According to the BBC, “When Nineteen Eighty-Four was being conceptualised and then written, Orwell's overwhelming preoccupation was to warn against Stalinism and its onward march.” However, readers began to find the book as a satire of contemporary social and political ideas, and began to relate the oppressive characteristics found in the dystopia of 1984 to their own government systems, and found how some of the dystopian ideas presented in the novel correlate to surveillance and control tactics used by different governments across the world (CNN). The cultural importance of 1984 can be examined through the exploration of sources regarding the history and context of the novel, and understanding why 1984 is considered popular by numerous scholars and

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