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1984

1984

by

George Orwell

 Table of Contents

1984 Themes

1984 Themes

Language and Communication

In 1984, language is of central importance to behavior control. The major proposition is that if control of language were centralized in a state, then the possibility of rebellion or disobedience w...

Philosophical Viewpoints

Have you ever noticed those stick figure family bumper stickers on the backs of minivans? You know, the ones with the rows of happy little stick figures, each one corresponding to one mem...

Power

1984 is not just about totalitarianism; it makes us live through totalitarianism. The Party wants power for its own sake. The Party carefully monitors the behavior of all of its constituents. Morni...

Warfare

War. Huh. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing? Not quite. 1984 depicts warfare as a necessary tool and symptom of a totalitarian state. Oceania, one of the three superstates of the world,...

Violence

If there's one thing we learn in 1984, it's that torture is a pretty darn effective way to control subversion in a totalitarian state.If there's one more thing we learn from the story, it's that th...

Technology and Modernization

Modernization in 1984 takes the form of technology, used for controlling means. By placing telescreens and clandestine microphones all across Oceania, the Party monitors its constituents 24/7. At w...

Manipulation

The Party seeks to control everything – past, present, and future. Its first effort toward attaining that goal is to control and manipulate every source of information, rewriting and modifyin...

Repression

A successful totalitarian state cannot accommodate private loyalties, since private loyalties will often trump loyalty to the Party. Because sex and family create private loyalties, the Party must...

Loyalty

A successful totalitarian state cannot accommodate private loyalties, since private loyalties will often trump loyalty to the Party. Therefore, the Party in 1984 seeks to ensure that the only and u...

Rebellion

Attention all punks, misfits, and anyone else who has ever felt held down by the Man—1984 is all about rebellion. Believe it or not, the story shares the same general plot arc with the timeless c...

Memory and the Past

The Party seeks to control everything – past, present, and future. Another effort towards attaining that goal is to control its constituents’ memory. Without memory, the people cannot k...

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