1984 analysis

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George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian novel that shows the dangers of a completely totalitarian government. When put into context, Orwell’s novel has many similarities to the world he lived in. By understanding Orwell’s experiences and the historical context behind the novel, we can interpret the meaning and purpose behind his writing. From this knowledge, we are able to see how his arguments apply to the world today. As a young adult, Orwell went to Burma and served as an assistant district superintendent in the Indian Imperial Police. In reference to his writing, his time in Burma made a significant impact on his life. Spending time in Burma, he realized how much the Burmese people were ruled by the British against their will and this made him feel ashamed of his role as a colonial police officer. Eventually, Orwell resigned from the Imperial Police. Later he would recount his experiences and his reactions to imperial rule in his writing. Orwell wrote that he felt ashamed for his role in the “machine of empire” and he “began to look more closely at his own country and saw that England also had its oppressed…” (George Orwell Novels). Orwell’s experience in Burma developed his hatred for imperial and eventually totalitarian rule, which he rejects throughout the novel. Orwell’s dislike of imperialism led not only to a rejection of the bourgeois lifestyle, but also to a political reorientation (Britannica). Immediately after returning from Burma, he called himself an anarchist and later a socialist. Because of his realization that England had its oppressed and his rejection of the bourgeois lifestyle, he decided to immerse himself in the life of the poor and outcast people of England. The influence of this experience can be seen in 1... ... middle of paper ... ...t determine what is really true and what is false. Because of this, our belief of history could already be different from the truth. Clearly, our world is as technological as the world in the novel. Perhaps, our technology may even surpass that. However, the difference is that a totalitarian government has not risen to such power. Unfortunately, should that happen one day, we have the technology to support them and make their regime even more powerful. We may even be unaware of it, but we may be watched and recorded more times than we think we are. Technology improves our lives and allows us to connect, but may actually be threatening our privacy and freedom. In a way, Orwell encouraged us to be wary of the changes in our society that could lead to the world of 1984 in order for us to work to prevent such infringements on our personal liberties and individuality.

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