In the nineteen-forties and fifties when television was still new technology for a lot of people in the world, the telescreens in Orwell’s novel must have seemed so farfetched that it was just unbelievable. But for those people who were around when Nineteen Eighty-Four was published and old enough to really remember what it was like in those days, they can tell you it is still hard to open up to the internet and any kind of social networking. The memory holes and speakwrites that Winston used to edit all the articles and speeches probably seemed strange too: “To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston’s arm, a large, oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper” (Orwell 34). These days, you can talk to your computer and it will type everything you say. The technology of Nineteen Eighty-Four is slowly creeping up on us, and is becoming common place which is one of the reasons why the novel should continue to be read by students and others of all ages. This is not the only aspect of the novel that is coming true for today, our government is starting to become somewhat like Big Brother.
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...e speaking our own version of Newspeak in the near future.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is a fascinating novel and somewhat prophetic because of the way technology, government and war, and language in the novel closely relates to what is going on in today’s world. It is highly relevant to today’s world’s way of living and people just might realize this and see what could happen in the future if they just read and study the things in this novel.
Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. Harcourt, Inc., 1949. Print.
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