1984 – George Orwell

Rating : 3.0/5

A dystopian novel by George Orwell where Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who is the image of an intense tyranny but who may not even exist. The Party “seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.” The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party, who works for the Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line.Smith is a diligent and skillful worker but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.

After reading this book I was confused and lost on why it ended that way. I was expecting more action and rebellion but it left me thinking that the protagonist were cowards and weaklings. But the more I thought about it, I realized “well…that’s the reality.” Maybe all things doesn’t end in happy endings after all.

When you’re in a totalitarian society you’re not allowed to think and act independently. You become indifferent to the things around you unless you are taught not to. This book is kinda creepy due to big brother’s eyes posted on every corner of the street telling you he’s watching you, the telescreen that you can’t turn off which it can see whatever you’re doing, the hidden microphones everywhere and the Junior Spies. The Junior Spies are children who were taught in school to report people who were doing crimes against Big Brother even if the person is their own family.

Overall its was a good read but I had a hard time reading some parts of the book so I tend to read it again and again because it was hard for me to understand. The plot was very good but it was more of a explanatory book, informational(?) book for me rather than a normal story book. I don’t know if that made any sense.


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