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Essay about Society's Influence on 1984 and George Orwell

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Society's Influence on 1984 and George Orwell "To say 'I accept' in an age like our own would be to state that you accept concentration-camps, rubber truncheons, Hitler, Stalin, bombs, aeroplanes, tinned food, machine guns, putsches, purges, slogans, Bedaux belts, gas-masks, submarines, spies, provocateurs, press-censorship, secret prisons, aspirins, Hollywood films and political murder" (Bookshelf I). Politics, economy, society, and war during the forties had a direct effect on life at the moment. A good example of this influence was the writing of Eric Arthur Blair, whose pen-name was George Orwell (Bookshelf II). George Orwell's 1984 is composed from a third individual perspective-in this case, a selective omniscient, focusing mostly on the character of Winston Smith. The story was composed in 1949-the same year Silly Putty was invented (Bookshelf III)-and has been a forecast of the future world (as Orwell saw it). The story starts out in the residence of Winston, where he starts to write a journal. He doesn't know if the year is 1984, however. It has to have been "around that date, because he was fairly sure that his age has been thirty-nine, and he believed that he was born in 1944 or 1945" (Orwell 10). He works for the Ministry of Truth, in the Records Department. The task of the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue-in Newspeak; the indigenous language in Oceania, in which Winston lived) was to be concerned with the news, entertainment, fine arts, and education of Oceania (Orwell 7-8). The society that he lives in is a totalitarian society and he works for the government, along with the majority of the folks who live in the society. He has negative thoughts about the governmental system that he lives in and he begins to turn into curious if there is a way to over throw this...

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