What are some tips to write an analysis about "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Here is my reading of George Orwell’s 1984:
- Realize that George Orwell’s dystopian novel concerns life as it existed post-World War II, the late 1940’s. His warning bells on the encroachment of communism preceded the advent of the Cold War.
- The notion of sovereignties as nation-states has been replaced with transnational borders—much the same way that international companies operate today.
- Manipulation takes many forms: thought regulation, revisionist history, and what are know today as “alternative facts”—in other words, lies.
- One’s behavior is constantly monitored—parallels today would be communications interception, closed-circuit video monitoring, spyware and other malware, curtailment of individual rights under the guise of national security.
- Narrowcasting all political dissent as extremist hatred against the governing party; targeting one’s political enemies with calumny and imprisonment.
- Technology, in its most abhorrent forms, is used to achieve acquiescence and, thus, conformity.
- Control of language. “Newspeak” replaces English, with the ultimate goal that no words will exist to define the inequity of the government, and thus no words will exist to define rebellion against “the Party.”
- One’s conception of government as a totalitarian entity is not as paranoid as it seems.