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George Orwell's classic novel about the world in 1984 comes across as an oxymoron with a complex explanation. Orwell didn't intend for the classic to be a prediction of the future, yet he was right on track with predictions of a total government controlled world. 1984 is a satirical look at politics and the in habitants of the world.

Fear of the unknown is a powerful message in the novel. The people are scared to speak out against the government's ideals for fear of death. The main character, Winston Smith, fully embodies this way of thinking. He wants to set himself apart and against Big Brother, the head of the party, yet eventually succumbs to the exact ideas he is against. The character of Winston is both strong and weak. He can be looked at as a hero, for he is aware of the danger surrounding him, and he knew that his illegal love affair was more of a revolution than that of true love.

His main weakness is confiding in the wrong people too soon. He speaks out against the party openly to O'Brien, whom he later learns is party supporter. Orwell's attempt to make Smith seem like a normal person is strong, but is too overshadowed by Orwell's ignorance toward the normal person.

The party changing history to better itself is a shot at how today's government always tries to make the people they serve see them in good light. By making themselves look better the party finds it easier to control the people. The party makes books of any kind limited, in part pushing their ideals further into the citizens minds. Orwell presents the ideals as final nail in the coffin of individual thinking.

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