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Final Analysis: 1984

1984 by George Orwell 60second Recap Decoder Resources PageYou may have thought that George Orwell was primarily concerned with exposing totalitarianism as a danger to humanity in his novel 1984.

Fair enough. Most people do.

But consider this: Orwell might have been even more obsessed with the mindset behind totalitarianism.

Watch and decide for yourself.

1984

George Orwell, 1949
Famous for: Big Brother, doublethink, and some of the 20th century's most memorable quotes: "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

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Recap Ten, 1984

Orwell’s Dystopia: Land of the Lazy

Orwell was wrong: Communism didn’t end up taking over the globe. But there’s still a reason to pay attention to this book.

Do you hear those alarm bells in the video? They’re meant for you. Believe it or not, I think there was one thing that Orwell hated even more than he hated totalitarianism.

1984 by George Orwell Symbol Two 60second Recap

Recap Nine, 1984: Symbol Two

I’ll give you a hint: It’s something we’re all occasionally guilty of. I’ll give you another hint: It’s incredibly dangerous. What is it? Mental laziness.

Mental laziness has a lot of different faces. It can come in the form of apathy—of just not caring. It can come in the form of actual laziness—of not wanting to think something through because it just requires too much effort. Or it can come in the form of fear—not thinking something through because you’re too afraid of what might happen if you do.

In Orwell’s dystopian society, even Winston’s decision to really think instead of to succumb to illogic or, worse, to a mindless existence, wasn’t enough to save him.

But don’t take that to mean that there’s no hope. Winston’s shocking state of mind at the end of 1984 doesn’t have to be your fate.

Like I said: Those alarms are going off now. So choose to wake up and engage. Choose to care—and forget the consequences. And above all, don’t be afraid. You’re not alone, and it’s not too late … yet.


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