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1984 written by George Orwell in 1948 has grown to be one of the most popular books of recent generations and is most likely going to become a classic This novel was written for one reason to make a statement about the future of government leadership However the story is still very enjoyable due to its interesting plot and characters And while the story is entertaining it also has many symbolic references used by Orwell to prove his point The cold crisp air of April sets the scene for the beginning of the book Winston Smith slips into his home his only refuge from insanity Even though he is still being monitored he can turn off his lights get into bed and let his mind think in peace All the citizens of Oceania are under constant surveillance while proles and animals remain free Free from Big Brother and the Party Their system of government was that of an elite oligarchy only a select few in the Upper Party who ruled over the people with total sovereignty At the time this book was written similar circumstances could be seen throughout some European countries like Germany and Russia This connection is important because the authors objective was to forewarn the rest of the world of such evil and it also sets the frame of reference to help understand the story and its symbolism Big Brother was the so-called leader of the land while his actual existence couldnt be confirmed Posters of Big Brother who happens to have curiously similar features to those of Joseph Stalin are seen on almost every wall in every building in every city throughout the country They served as a constant reminder to all citizens that they were being watched always and had no control over their government only absolute submission to his every demand Such figures also existed in Orwells time Joseph Stalin leader of Russia and Adolf Hitler supreme chancellor of
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