1984 By George Orwell

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1984 by George Orwell 1984 is a startling tale of an imaginary world that can become a real nightmare for us in the future if the human race continues to deviate from the path of freedom, love, and peace. It¡¦s a persuasive biography about the miserable life of Winston Smith, a somber man who lived in a ¡§Negative Utopia¡¨ that the author, George Orwell, had pictured. According to the preface, George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Blair, an Englishman that was born in Bengal in 1903 and educated at Eton. The author worked with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma and went to Europe to earn a living by writing novels and essays. This passionate political writer hated totalitarianism, communism, intellectuals, cants, lies, and cruelty in life and literature. He considered himself a Socialist, and he was a literary critic that had worked in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War.

His works include Down and Out in Paris and London (1993), Burmese Days (1933), A Clergyman¡¦s Daughter (1935), Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936), Homage to Catalonia (1938), and Animal Farm (1945).

The story took place in the author¡¦s prophetic vision of the world. It was a gloomy destiny of mankind when people set out on a wicked course to destroy all the natural rights they were bestowed by life. In this infernal world, people were apathetic and insane due to the harsh government system established: everyone¡¦s life was strictly controlled and monitored, and people were forced to use doublethink (an illogical method of thinking by twisting the truth and reality to meet their needs and be in harmony with the government). Many of these robot-like people in the imaginary world pursued the principles Ingosaic that were basically comprised of ignorance, totalitarianism, wars, corruption, and insanity;...