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1984 by George Orwell Summary Review | Nineteen Eighty-Four PDF

I was looking for a book to read during my quarantine a few weeks ago. I looked up 1984 by George Orwell on the online and found it included in practically every post about “books you must read before you die.” I went with it because it appeared to be a classic.

Well, I believe it is the most beautifully written novel I have ever read. It’s a dystopian novel, it’ll always be relevant, whether it’s in 10, 50, or 1000 years. This book is highly recommended by me to everyone who enjoys reading about politics and society at large.

It’s impossible to undo!!! You’ll know that you could end up in Winston’s shoes. I’m not trying to be gloomy. The novel is a totalitarian satire.

“Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed—no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters in your skull.”

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The state is led by Big Brother. He is always keeping an eye on you!!! I suppose we do have tyrants like this in a few nations, but they aren’t as horrible as they are described in the novel.

Technology is seen to have a great deal of power, and the novel also explains how it may be used in a variety of ways, from spying on individuals to erasing facts and producing weapons.

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

The psyche of a person can be readily manipulated. Human minds are extremely sensitive, and even a bit of news that we read on a daily basis can have a significant impact on our beliefs.

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”

The book also details the development of a new language known as Newspeak. There are a few words in it. We take language for granted and are unaware of its importance. After reading the book, you will realize how important adjectives are.

“How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbled on a piece of paper, could physically survive?”

People frequently complain that history is uninteresting and that they don’t understand why we are required to learn it. You will quickly appreciate the importance of historical documentation.

The act of thinking negatively about the party or Big Brother is known as thought crime. There is also a Thought Police. Are you curious about how your ideas can be accessed? Wait until you finish 1984.

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Peace is War

Slavery is freedom.

Ignorance is a powerful weapon.

These are the party’s three slogans.

The party’s media office is known as the Ministry of Truth, and the moniker is ironic because it only bends the truth and publishes lies. We are once again reminded how our past can be changed and given to us according to the Party’s preferences.

But my favorite part of the book 1984 is when the author claims that human society will always have the same structure: an upper class that is usually the oppressor, a lower class that is exploited due to their innocent and naive thinking (proles), and a middle class that wants to stand up for its rights but can’t because they are afraid and become irrational (Winston). Humans will always have a desire to conquer and exploit resources; there will always be a power struggle, and if one individual succeeds, another will succeed in defeating him.

This was one of the things I took away from the story, and it has given me a new outlook on life.

“Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense”

I believe George Orwell did an excellent job in warning us about tyranny in an engaging manner.

“We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone. But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing. It might be a thousand years. At present nothing is possible except to extend the area of sanity little by little. We cannot act collectively. We can only spread our knowledge outwards from individual to individual, generation after generation”

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One of the numerous themes explored in this book is nostalgia. This isn’t, though, your grandfather’s nostalgia for the past. This isn’t a case of “back in my day.” This is a depressing form of nostalgia in which things have deteriorated to the point where nostalgia is the only source of pleasure left. They would deny Winston (the protagonist) such pleasure since the world he lives in is so warped and vicious.

What about the more serious issues like spying, loss of freedom of speech, and so on? Those are also well-done. However, without Winston, our eyes and ears on the ground, it’s difficult to care about any of them. People relate the present day to the world of 1984 because of Winston’s gloomy and miserable situation. There is no love, compassion, or freedom; instead, there is complete devotion to the government. Residents are required to serve the dictatorship despite the fact that the regime does nothing for them.

Is this the best piece of writing that has ever been written? Most likely not. Is that the best piece of writing I’ve ever read? Yes, in my opinion. Yes a thousand times. Thank you very much.

Book Name: 1984 – Nineteen Eighty-Four
Author: George Orwell

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