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1984

1984

  

by George Orwell

1984 Themes

1984 Themes

Language and Communication

(Click the themes infographic to download.) In 1984, language is of central importance to behavior control. The major proposition is that if control of language were centralized in a state, the...

Philosophical Viewpoints

(Click the themes infographic to download.) 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 st...

Power

(Click the themes infographic to download.) 1984 is not just about totalitarianism; it makes us live through totalitarianism. The Party wants power for its own sake. The Party carefully monitors th...

Warfare

(Click the themes infographic to download.) War. Huh. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing? Not quite. 1984 depicts warfare as a necessary tool and symptom of a totalitarian state. Oceani...

Violence

(Click the themes infographic to download.) 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 mo...

Technology and Modernization

(Click the themes infographic to download.) Modernization in 1984 takes the form of technology, used for controlling means. By placing telescreens and clandestine microphones all across Oceania,...

Manipulation

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The Party seeks to control everything – past, present, and future. Its first effort toward attaining that goal is to control and manipulate every sou...

Repression

(Click the themes infographic to download.) A successful totalitarian state cannot accommodate private loyalties, since private loyalties will often trump loyalty to the Party. Because sex and fa...

Loyalty

(Click the themes infographic to download.) A successful totalitarian state cannot accommodate private loyalties, since private loyalties will often trump loyalty to the Party. Therefore, the Pa...

Rebellion

(Click the themes infographic to download.) 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 share...

Memory and the Past

(Click the themes infographic to download.) The Party seeks to control everything – past, present, and future. Another effort towards attaining that goal is to control its constituents’ memo...

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