Study Guide

1984 Themes

By George Orwell

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These are the themes we discovered in 1984.

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Language and Communication

Philosophical Viewpoints




Technology and Modernization





Memory and the Past


Set in the dystopian post World War II European society of Oceania, George Orwell’s classic 1984 is known for its chilling yet powerful themes woven throughout the novel.

Want a summary of the key themes for 1984? Keep reading as we give you the shortened version of themes from this timeless classic.

Themes for 1984 Summarized

Just some of the 1984 themes that can be found in the book include the following:

  • Language and communication - These aspects are key components of behavior control by The Party
  • Philosophical views - The main character(s) questioning the views of a totalitarian society
  • Power - People possess power when they show loyalty to The Party
  • Technology and modernization - Technology is used as a form of control
  • Memory and the past - Memory is used as a weapon so The Party can control history

For a more in-depth look at the themes for 1984 and how they are explored, please visit the individual pages listed above. Until next time, just know that Big Brother is watching you.

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