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Book Review of 1984 597 One year before his death in 1950 George Orwell published a book entitled 1984 Since then the novel has become a bible to people all over the world The enthusiasm is not only due to the fact that the novel is written so eloquently and with such foresight but also because it makes a bold statement about humanity 1984s main character is Winston Smith a man who doubts the righteousness of the totalitarian government Big Brother that rules Oceania one of three superstates in the world of 1984 We begin the book with Winston and learn that Big Brother is quite fictional The government has developed its own language is at constant war with the other two superstates and watches its citizens at all times As Winstons rebellion progresses we notice that Big Brother is not as unrealistic as we think Oceania Eastasia and Eurasia are the three battling superstates Each has an identical governmentone that is at perpetual war in order to gain complete power over its inhabitants The process used to gain absolute power is one used by past present and future dictators such as Stalin Mussolini and Hitler Big Brother manipulates its citizens into convenient modes of thinking However instead of only using propaganda techniques Big Brother also uses Newspeak and telescreens Newspeak is the official language of Oceania and has its sole purpose in abolishing all unorthodox thought Example the word bad is replaced by the word ungood The telescreens monitor each citizen that is allowed to be educated at all times watching for any action word or possible thought that could be unorthodox These two Orwell inventions were foretellingwe see the equivalent of Newspeak every day in present day society when we are politically correct Telescreens are present in nearly every commercial institution and sometimes in our own homes Orwell was obviously warning America and all other countries about the control
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