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Hey Epic Geeks,
I’m not sure why I put off reading 1984 for so long, but I really enjoyed this classic. I have yet to love a classic until now. 1984 is a timeless dystopian that, unfortunately, will always be relevant. George Orwell wrote this novel in 1948 and just flipped the numbers for the future effect. Though over 30 years old now, I only noticed it being outdated once and could easily pin it on THEIR society’s knowledge.
1984 was well written and a great reference for anyone looking to write a dystopian. This is a great classic and I truly believe everyone should read it. If you’re not keen on reading it, just listen. Because of the above, 1948 (published in 1949) got a four star rating from me on Goodreads, but it’s really more of a 4.3ish. I’m trying to be stingier with my 5 star ratings.
I’ll start off my spoiler review with the only area that seemed outdated. Winston, the main character, referenced “machines” being invented and taking over. Though this is still relevant, vary rarely do you hear technology called a machine. If you’re reading it thirty years later, you could easily just think his society is that sheltered.
2 + 2 = 5
I love that the baseline in this to show how the Party, or Big Brother, could change anything is a basic math question. Nowadays, you hear 2 + 2 = FISH… which really, it does if you flip the 2s. However, it’s a ridiculous question used as a joke or the simple problem everyone should be able to answer.
After being arrested, I love the Party using that basic question as leverage of their control.
Also, is this where calling the government Big Brother came from? It’s amazing how in 1948, a man could write about the government always watching you and today, it’s more relevant than ever (Alexa? XboxOne?). Also, what do you all think of targeted ads and “always” being watched?
It really boggles my mind, to be honest. If this interests you too, watch the show Person of Interest. It’s so intriguing.
This. Just this. The thought police, again, is so relevant. Though we’re encouraging diversity, our society is still censoring so much. It’s damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Everything is wrong and the media filters everything. They are our thought police.
But what if we were that controlled? Though the media influences us constantly, what if they monitored and controlled everything?
As a lover of language, the idea of new speak is so sad. I’m American and I am fortunate to have the freedom of speech. However, the thought of new speak horrible to me. How can they change language like that? I hated the thought of taking a simple word and only having it and versions of it. No synonyms, no antonyms, no way to rebel or have unlawful thoughts. Here are a few newspeak words:
Believing it (black is white) is true. Knowing it is true. Never thinking otherwise. No crime speak here! Just listen to what the media says, right? Reminds me of the people who share Facebook posts, taking it all as truth, but never double checking or simply googling.
Thinking/believing two contradictory thoughts are true. This happens all the time today, really. Answers are more than black and white. You can have different opinions. GO RESEARCH AND FORM YOUR OWN. <3
In 1984, equality was very literal. They have equal height or weight. This is because there was no such thing as inequality or political thoughts and differences because everyone was under the same spell.
The ending of 1984 really shocked me. Since I had never read it or even looked much into it, the ending was depressing. Winston, and society, was in an infinite loop of never winning. Even though for a while they rebelled, they could have never won. It made me really wonder how many times they had gone through that. How many times had Winston rebelled and then was conditioned into the same clone?
As usual, I know I’m forgetting so much but please talk to me about 1984 in the comments below!
A couple questions for YOU
What is your favorite classic? Favorite dystopian?
Do you believe that the government is always watching? Why or why not?
Does this concept invoke any emotion in you?
Thanks for reading!
In the mean time, keep calm and stay epic,