1984

Well first off, i feel that everyone should read this book at least once. I have tried countless time to try and persuade my friends and brother to read this book. Most of the time it is futile, but after about a year of hounding, two of my friends have started it recently.  The only other person i have convinced to read it is my mother. The only problem was that she didn’t like it… she seemed to focus more on how horrible it would be to be one of the characters in the book and not really on just how fascinating the world that Orwell had created really was.

Now after saying that, i can see why some people may not like this book. It is a very sad, morbid, and at some points brutal, but those where the key driving factors that made me so interested ( along with some other points). Although for my mother, those where the exact same reasons she could not enjoy it. I guess i can explain it like this, if any one doesn’t get it.  The most interesting event and time in all of history for me is WWII; it is just so fascinating how the major country of the world we’re involved, how the warfare of that time progressed, and the whole history behind the war. Also, as a odd side note, the three countries that made the Axis (Germany, Italy, and Japan) are the same three countries i am most interested in and want to visit, its just weird. Well back to an actual point, even though the War was a horrible event that killed some many innocent people, i am still amazed by it. So yeah, i personal would not have wanted to been involved in the war, but looking back on it as a spectator i think it is the coolest thing since sliced bread. So in a baby example, that is the way i feel about this book.

So i guess I’ll talk about the book now hehe. Well George Orwell wrote this book in 1948, and just switch the last two digits to create the time setting for this dystopic novel. This novel is as though totalitarianism had become dominate in the government, which there is only 3 countries really.  So essentially this is a novel depicts a world similar to that of ours if Hitler or Stalin had controlled most of the world.  So there are basically 3 levels of social class: Inner party on top, outer party below, and the proles on bottom. And the head honcho in charge is Big Brother. Well the inner party are the rich people high up on the political chain, while the outer party (where Winston, the protaganist, is a part of) is similar to  middle class, and the proles (the majority) are uneducated poor folks. So mainly the government watches everyone constantly and if anyone even thinks of committing a crime and expresses any resistant what so ever they are taken away. this mainly apply the the outer party.

That is a very very brief overview of the setting, kinda, but the best part of the book for me is all the psychological concepts to ponder on. I don’t really want to go into all of that so i just leave any one who is reading this with, ” Go read 1984, right now.”

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~ by John on 02/04/2010.

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