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Could the world portrayed in 1984 ever really exist This question haunts readers from the first to the last pages of Orwells novel Sadly the answer is yes or at least Orwell hopes that readers will leave 1984 accepting the possibility enough to question government and tread cautiously into the future Orwell intends to portray Oceania just realistically enough to convince contemporary readers that such a society has in fact existed and could exist again if people forget the lessons taught by history or fail to guard against tyrannical totalitarian governments These two themes totalitarianism and historytie together the plot and messages in 1984 Orwell sets his story in war-torn London Thirty to forty bombs rain down on the city per week and everywhere Winston turns reminders of the war such as the Two Minutes Hate and billboards plastered with Party slogans color his existence Deprivation another bi-product of war hangs in the air as heavily as the horrible grime and stench created by the citys overcrowded tenements Upon opening 1984 Orwells first readers English people during the late 1940s would have immediately recognized themselves Having just emerged from World War Two Londoners would have intimately related to the deprivation and destruction portrayed in 1984 However while Winston placed full blame for his situation on the shoulders of Big Brother Big Brother is not a real person All-present as he is all-powerful and forever watching he is only seen on TV Although his picture glares out from huge posters that shout BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU nobody sees Big Brother in person Orwell had several things in mind when he created Big Brother He was certainly thinking of Russian leader Joseph Stalin the pictures of Big Brother even look like him He was also thinking of Nazi leader Adolph Hitler and Spanish dictator Francisco Franco Big Brother stands for all dictators everywhere Londoners would not have identified the cause of their misery as the
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