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Overview: 1984

1984 by George Orwell 60second Recap Decoder Resources Page1984 by George Orwell, is a dystopian novel. Which means that the society Orwell imagines is perfect—perfectly horrible, that is.

What possessed Orwell to conjure such a totalitarian nightmare? In a letter, Orwell wrote: “Most [people] are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history, etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side.”

Perhaps Orwell saw 1984 as something worse than a mere nightmare–namely, a prediction.


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.”

Lord of the Flies presents a different sort of dystopia than 1984.

A Tale of Two Dystopias: 1984 examines the tyranny of the state. Lord of the Flies looks at the tyranny of your peers.

Recap Two, 1984

Orwell’s Dystopia: The Essentials.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a hopeful book. It’s George Orwell’s projection of a world in which democracy has failed and totalitarianism has taken control. It’s the expression of Orwell’s great fear: that World War II would leave the West on an inexorable path to greater government control and, finally, tyranny.

With 1984, Orwell offers you an insider’s tour of his personal nightmare.

Life in Orwell’s alternate reality bears little resemblance to the civilization we know today. In Orwell’s vision, there are no countries, at least not as we know them. Instead, the world of 1984 is dominated by three enormous regions: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia, all of which are continually at war.

But war is the least of main character Winston Smith’s troubles. He’s more concerned with the Thought Police, and with the fact that under The Party’s control, there’s no such thing as truth. He yearns for human connections, but can trust no one.

Big Brother

1984 by George Orwell: Plot. 60second Recap Decoder Video Study Guide

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Above all, Winston craves a place of his own—some space far from the ever-watchful eye of the ominous Big Brother.

In other words, it isn’t just totalitarianism that Orwell criticizes in his dystopian novel. He’s also desperate to get people thinking—and thinking without fear. He explores the power of language to manipulate and control.

And Orwell urges us to recognize and protect the truth—to safeguard those indisputable principles that form the basis of existence.

The problem, of course, is that Orwell, like his main character Winston, is a fatalist. Which means he can advocate all he wants … just don’t expect anything positive to come of it.

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