"1984" by George Orwell and the World Today

Essay by sneezeHigh School, 12th gradeA-, March 2007

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“1984” is a story about George Orwell’s prediction on how the world will end up like in that year and era. The main character Winston Smith is a party member in a totalitarian society led by Big Brother, which censors everyone’s behavior and thoughts. The world being split into 3 countries: Oceania, Eurasia, Eastasia and is supposedly all be in war with each other. Oceania is where Winston lives. While being monitored 24/7, Winston gets disgusted from his life style and wrote journals about what he thinks of his life and about the government, writing was against the law and is consider a “thought” crime so he kept it well hidden that he doesn’t doubt Big Brother at all. Winston later learns about a secret society called the Brotherhood, a supposed group of anonymous rebels that intends to overthrow the government. He begins seek answers about his past and in doing so he met and fell in love with a girl named Julia, who had the same views as he did about Big Brother.

They eventually got caught together by a trap set up by the government and heard everything the two talked about. They both got interrogated and were forced to betray each other and be brainwashed to love Big Brother again.

A “so what” factor I would like to write about is simply this. So what if the government is in complete control? George Orwell’s vision of the future is deeply disturbing and I can’t help to wonder that some of the things he had mentioned are kind of happening today in our time. Suppose what Big Brother is doing is actually saving people from themselves by limiting things they should know or want to know and promising them security but taking their privacy in doing...