Critical Review of 1984 By George Orwell


1984 by George Orwell is a story of a man\'s strugle against a
totalitarianstic government that controlls the ideas and thoughts
of its citizens. They use advanced mind reading techniques to
discover the thoughts of the people and punish those who show
signs of rebellion against the government. The novel is supposed
to be a prophetic story, however, it was somewhat wrong in the
date. Although some of the things described in the book are going
on today, several things are not going to happen for some time to
come.

I believe that Orwell\'s purpose for writing 1984 was to express
his feelings of how the governments would come to control
everything and anything it wished to do. It is also possible that
he wanted t tell of how mind control and torture techniques could
be used to make an individual or an entire nation do what the
government wanted.

In his novel Orwell used the image of a man who stood in a shadow
that covered his face. This was to make him anamous and
unrecognizable. The figure was called "Big Brother" and this
figure was placed on posters and put all over the place with the
saying, "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU." This was used to let the
people know that no matter where they go the could not escape the
watching eyes of the controling government.

The government itself was very mysterious and had several parts
that were very suspicious to the main character, Winston, who
worked in one part of the government. It was divided up into four
parts. The Ministry of Truth, where Winston worked, was incharge
of education and the arts. The Ministry of Peace, which was in
command of war. The Ministry of plenty, which controlled economic
affairs. And finally the Ministry of Love, which concerned itself
with law and order.

Orwell also uses description of technology to show how the
government controlled it\'s citizens. He constantly refers to
telescreens that are in all areas and even in peoples homes. They
have been placed there by the government in order to see what is
being said and discussed by the citizens. He also tells of an
occurence that happens everyday called, "The Two Minutes Hate."
This event happens everyday at a specified time in which people
assembled in front of a large telescreen where they were show
pictures of terrible events in their history and then the face of
a man who is their equivalent to Adolf Hittler. The mans name was
Emmanual Goldstein and was considered an enemy of the people. The
assembeled people go through several different reactions, some boo
him, others scream and become violent. I feel that George Orwell
accomplished his goal of telling how he viewed the world of the
future. He used excellent description of places, events and
people that I can\'t even attempt to repeat. He used the
prospective of several different people through Winston\'s
interaction of them, and their disscusions. He also used his
imagination extreemly well to describe the technology that is used
to control the people of the world. Even today we are making
things that Orwell described like the telescreens. He also used
comparisons of the real world to the world of his story. The
image of Emmanual Goldstein was an excellent likness to Hitler.
Along with the large numbers of countries that join together to
form an alliance for a common good, similar to the United Nations
or NATO. It is in this way that we can better understand what the
author was saying and the idea that he wanted to convey.