1984 vs. Today

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George Orwell's novel 1984 is a prediction, written in 1949, on how the world would exist in the future. In the novel, Winston Smith lives in Oceania, a totalitarian society ruled by Big Brother and the Inner Party. The rest of the world is split into two other countries, Eastasia and Eurasia, which are equally as powerful. In Oceania, the government censors thoughts and actions that are against the party and constantly monitors its citizens using telescreens and microphones. Winston becomes disgusted at the society that Oceania has become. In a journal, he writes about his thoughts and beliefs of the government and about his life. He always keeps his journal well-hidden so it is never found and no one recognizes his true thoughts and beliefs. Later in the novel, Winston learns about a secret society called the "Brotherhood." The secret society consisted of a group of rebels attempting to overthrow the government.

Winston constantly seeks answers about his past, and in doing so he meets Julia, a woman who has the same beliefs as he does about Big Brother. The couple met their demise when they eventually got caught together in a trap set up by O'Brien, the supposed leader of the "Brotherhood." They were interrogated, brainwashed, and forced to learn to love Big Brother. The afterword of 1984 warns people that "unless the course of history changes, men all over the world will lose their most human qualities, will become soulless automatons, and not even be aware of it. (Orwell 313)" The afterword warns people to be wary of those that try to take our freedoms away. Orwell's novel, 1984, imagines what the future world would be like if the course of history did not change. There are some frightening similarities between 1984 and what our world has...