1984 by George Orwell

by missizziemcguinness

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‘BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU’

Nineteen Eighty- Four (1984) is a novel (which has since been made into 2 respective films, one of which stars John Hurt) set in the dystopian future where Big Brother rules as an alternative to a suitable government, and it is Winston Smith’s job to edit and rewrite history, rebelling against corrupt rules of the party to go against them and have an affair.

It has been an inspiration for alot of dystopian fiction and films and have done so succesfully because 1984 can be the base to other ideas. For example, it could be compared to Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem as the concept of some sort of Big Brother watching you.  In some ways you could also apply aspects in the novel to how we live, we are watched and are entertained by others being hurt, or watching you all the time.

In terms of whether I like the novel or not; it is very good for comparison matters, but is not one to sit down and read.

I like the whole idea of the novel but unless you are studying it for school etc, I don’t think I would avidly read it or get into Orwell’s frustrations.

3/5

 

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