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Thursday, June 9, 2011

1984 by George Orwell

Goodreads Summary:
Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a "Negative Utopia," watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by.
This dystopian novel written by George Orwell was probably pretty good in its time.  This book was written in 1945 and portrayed a world unimaginable in 1984 if citizens continued to live their lives the way they were.  This book displayed a government which controlled everything, including your thoughts and history itself.  They made changes to magazines, history books, etc. as they felt needed to potray the image they wanted.  The government knew everything and watched every movement.  They heard every sentence spoken.  They wanted to control every movement of your life.  It is a scary world to imagine, but as we know...this didn't happen.
However, I do feel as though Orwell was trying to teach us a lesson, even today.  He wanted us to realize the devastation that could occur if we allow the government to have too much control.  I feel as though in a way we are still at risk for ruling such as this one, but the more educated we are the better we are able to stop it.
I have to admit, this was not one of my favorite dystopian novels.  I couldn't quite relate to it as well as others.  I think this is because the year in which these events were to occur was past before I was even born.  Current dystopian novels are relatable because they show a possible future life many years from now.  I can certainly see how this book is considered a classic, but it didn't feel as catching and involved as other dystopian novels I've read.

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