Censorship and 1984

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Introduction: 1984 was written by George Orwell in 1948, and was published by Secker and Warburg, in London, on June 8, 1949. The novel is currently in the public domain in Canada. The novel is a dystopian, alternative universe, fiction, with some aspects of science fiction in the forms of technologies. The author, George Orwell, was an essayist, journalist and a writer who had socialist sympathies but criticized the Stalin regime in Soviet Russia for the brutality and oppression that followed the Russian revolution. George Orwell also wrote several essays on socialism and is well known for his allegorical novel, Animal Farm, which criticizes the corruption of communism and socialism by Stalin from utopian society to a dictatorship. To this day, he is cited to be one of the most influential writers in English literature, with themes of totalitarian and authoritarian propaganda, censorship, and surveillance political policies named "Orwellian", due to the themes presented in 1984. Summary: The novel is a tale of intellectual oppression, censorship, physical repression, and oligarchical totalitarianism, set in a dystopian version of the world, where three totalitarian Superpowers struggle in an eternal war for supremacy. The story follows the actions of Winston, a middle aged man working in the Ministry of Truth, which in actuality, is the ministry of information control, censorship, literature, and propaganda. This famed novel presents themes such as oppression of the people through censorship and surveillance, the corruption of ideals through propaganda, intellectual and physical oppression, and the ability for states to control their citizenry through nationalism, propaganda, suppression of free thoughts, intellect, and throu... ... middle of paper ... ... should not censor the novel for fears of it's complexity, for the children can learn and understand, lest we underestimate them, nor let them repeat the mistakes of history and neither we should censor the novel to prevent any authority from enslaving or oppress us through the destruction of information. Conclusion: In finality, the novel is challenged by parents and or people of authority, for it's content, however, the political or moral concerns are not the focus of the novel, and the fears for the influence of this novel only serve as a detriment to the intellect of the people . The novel's messages are still relevant to this day, with themes and problems of censorship, privacy, control, the power of the government, propaganda and revision of history by governments impacting our current lives “If there was hope, ..., it must lie in the Proles" - George Orwell.
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