Review: 1984 – George Orwell

1984 – George Orwell

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Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Release Date: June 8, 1949

Publisher: Signet Classics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 268

Source: Required reading

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Winston is different from everyone else in society. He thinks for himself, and has desires no one else has had for decades. Winston knows something is wrong in their little world of Oceania. His job is to edit the texts of history; he has to change everything in order to match what Big Brother says in his speeches to the society. One day he meets a girl with dark hair who works in the Fiction Department, and she is also different from everyone else, just like him. She gives him a secret message, and they meet up more than once. Somehow Big Brother finds out about everything and bad things happen to Winston and the girl. What happens to them? How do they figure everything out?

I really did not like this book at all. I thought that it would be good because it is one of the first dystopian novels, and I’ve read quite a few of those, so I just assumed it would be great and have wonderful world development, but I was wrong. There was no reason for Winston to be different. In The Hunger Games Katniss had to volunteer for Prim in The Hunger Games; that was her spark. In Divergent Tris discovered she was Divergent and had to protect herself from the leaders of Dauntless. Both of them had reasons to be different, and had a choice to do so. Winston was just thrown into being different by Orwell. It was really pointless, because I didn’t care about him. I didn’t care what happened to him, because he had no story!

I also don’t understand how he had these “sexual desires” per say, because the whole society has been trained since before he was alive that sex is only used to reproduce. I just don’t get why Winston was even considering having sex because he shouldn’t have even known. Ugh.

Characters:

There were only two main characters in this book, Winston and Julia. Neither of them were very intriguing, but both of them were considered different by society’s standards. Neither of them had a story, and it was so frustrating. You can’t connect with characters with no back story to relate to. Winston edited history, and Julia worked in the Fiction Department. Nothing really happened in this book. Their relationship was a fluke and it was just so random.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess that I’d be Julia. She wasn’t interesting, and she was a random addition. I understand that she probably represented a little rebellion in the story, but it was pointless rebellion. They had no reason to rebel because their life was pretty decent. Yeah they were being controlled, but they had jobs and understood the way society worked. Their motto was War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. The way they explained it made sense, to an extent, but it was a very backwards and round-about way of thinking of things.

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