• Jessie Wolf

1984 by George Orwell

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Orwell presents a dystopian future that, as a modern reader, is much too close for comfort especially from the time it was written. Words are important and control of information is a very real and sinister form of control. The idea that you can be so fully indoctrinated that you can't even count the fingers on your own hands is truly terrifying and not all that far fetched. The rebellion by keeping a journal, something so small, is poetic in it's simplicity.

My only issue stands with Julia who is rebellious only from the waist down and represents another level of control over Winston, one of sexual desire. They fall in love in a much too sudden way for me to find believable and their entire relationship seems forced, but then I suppose their oppression may lead to the almost explosive relationship.

The circular structure of the novel lends to the fear that is characteristic of dystopian literature as it suggests the oppression of Big Brother is inescapable, no matter what we do.

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