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George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 with the intention of warning people of the dangers of becoming a totalitarian society Many critics believe he was directly attacking socialism when 1984 was actually written as a cautionary story in hopes that the world will not come be a totalitarian state It is safe to say that the world and its powers at the time influenced him in writing this novel 1938-45 Hitler held completely government power over Germany using propaganda to brainwash the society Joseph Stalin the ruler of the soviet union during World War Two famously said A single death is a tragedy a million deaths is a statistic In the novel 1984 the main character is Winston Smith a man living in Oceania in the futuristic year 1984 The country is governed by a group who call themselves The Party they took over after a war devastated the area The Party has complete control over everything that happens they use the media to keep the people dependent on them a symbol used in the propaganda was Big Brother who they said was always watching you They are trying to remove all human instincts they want the people to not think anything or feel anything but love for The Party The Party does not only control what happens they control what everyone thinks through Doublethink If a person is suspected of having thoughts against the party or if that person becomes knowledgeable about The Party two things can happen to them They will either be vaporized and all memory if them will be erased or they will be tortured and made to love The Party No one is allowed to die a martyr Winston works for The Party but has always felt like what they do is wrong He does not see why someone has not rebelled yet he plans on rebelling Then he meets a woman named Julia who is part of the
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