Why Is 1984 Such a Frightening Novel, and What Techniques Does Orwell Use to Achieve This Sense of Feeling? Essay

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1984, the widely read dystopian novel by George Orwell, is a beacon that highlights the many daunting aspects of society that were visible in the world Orwell was living at that time as well as the present future. Although the novel is fictional, Orwell’s Oceania dystopian society provokes much fear in the realisation that Oceania is a clear, if not satirical, mirror of the Stalin’s Soviet Union and the possibility that one day there will be a ruling government that has unlimited control and thus a complete domination of humanity, which are the basis of a totalitarian government. The quote ‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on the human face –forever’ is clearly relevant as it evidently brings the image of military powers oppressing down what part of humanity that allows us to show our emotions and most importantly, our ability to think for ourselves as individuals. Orwell’s use of descriptive language and the colour in the book is another important technique that portrays the theme of hopelessness. Everything in Oceania appears to be gloomy, grey and aging. “The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats” offers an image of a grey world with no happiness or hope or even wealth. It is right at the beginning that Orwell already proves to the readers that there is no hope or even colour in the future if communism is allowed to spread. The protagonist, Winston, is described to be “thirty nine” and “went slowly up 7 flights of stairs” and obviously in no condition to overthrow the all powerful Party. “…though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no colour in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere”. In this quote, Orwell hints that in the war-torn world of Oceania, the only hope for the citizens is Big Brother and the Party. The only colour, only happiness and hope that exists is for and

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