“War is Peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
A world divided into three nations that are in constant war with each other. A government that is not authoritarian but actually is. Your lover is chosen for you. Your children are sent to military camps to pledge allegiance to their government, and most of all to spot “traitors” of the system. Linguistics is constantly changing, and the choice of words is continuously altered. Freedom of speech is forbidden. Books of history and factual science are burned down to ashes or modified to fit the government’s agenda. Hard to believe, but date and time does not even subsist. Freedom of thought is taboo. Privacy is non-existent. Behaviour, speech, even thoughts are always observed, always watched – on the streets, at work, in every inch of a house. “Big Brother is watching you” and you have to love it, respect it, not only accept it but also embrace it.
Welcome to the dystopian world of Winston Smith. Smith is a clerk whose job is to rewrite history, but he is also critical of the world he lives in. He is gradually discovered as a fault in the system, because he thinks. Something he is not supposed to do.
Nineteen Eighty-Four remains one of the most controversial classic dystopias of our time. British journalist and writer George Orwell is known for his criticism of several political and economic systems such as colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism. His satirical critical writing style captivated the attention of many readers. As bleak as it is, Nineteen Eighty Four portrays a world that many believe could be the extreme depiction of our era of security, surveillance, and political deceit.
With the increasing interconnectedness of the world and the continuous technological advancement, many argue if people are actually free. If our thoughts are not amended, and if our privacy is truly protected. It all goes down to this, if the system enforces upon us that 1+1=5 will we believe it or will we continue to rationally believe it equals 4?
George Orwell left the world a significant thought provoking novel that will allow you to critically analyse the world you live in, and where you stand in it.