Orwell's Dystopia Essay

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“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton describes exactly what happened in George Orwell's world of Nineteen Eighty-Four. In today's modern society one can see some of the characteristics of Orwell's dystopia. These characteristics suggest that while many saw novels like Nineteen Eighty-Four as, "attractive to the primarily fringe thinkers" (Science) they are still relative to this day. In essence Orwell gave signs through his novel so that people of the world can avoid destruction brought on by their own government like that of Hitler and Stalin. Gwyneth Roberts says in her article about Nineteen Eighty-Four that, “Some of Orwell’s Newspeak vocabulary (Newspeak itself, Big Brother, doublethink) has entered the English language; certainly his vision of a drab totalitarian future has entered the general consciousness, although it is difficult to know whether his warning [have] been fully understood” (Roberts). George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, presents his defeatist perspective on modern society formed by his experiences in life, his experiences in the historical wars which he participated in, and his knowledge of Joseph Stalin. Many characteristics of Nineteen Eighty-Four put it under the dystopian genre, but two continuously stand out: a worshipped figurehead and a dehumanized state. Big Brother, the worshipped figure of Nineteen Eighty-Four has a, “is [always] watching you” (Orwell 6) every citizen of Oceania with a strong, “black mustachio’d face” (Orwell 6) and, “dark eyes” (Orwell 6) that look deep into the soul. This more symbolic than physical leader represents the face of the party, also the antagonist group of Nineteen Eighty-Four, who ultimately control Oceania. While Winston, Nineteen Eighty-Four’s protagonist represents, "the last embodiment of the human"

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