A disturbing futuristic interpretation based on the critique of totalitarianism and the oppression of power, set in 1984 in an English society dominated by a system of “bureaucratic collectivism” controlled by Big Brother. London, 1984: Winston Smith decides to rebel against a totalitarian government that controls every movement of its citizens and punishes even those who commit crimes of thought. Aware of the terrible consequences that dissidence can bring, Winston joins the ambiguous Brotherhood through the mediation of the leader O’Brien. Gradually, however, our protagonist comes to realize that neither the Brotherhood nor O’Brien are what they seem, and that rebellion, after all, may be an unattainable goal. For its magnificent analysis of power and the relationships and dependencies it creates in individuals, 1984 is one of the most disturbing and engaging novels of this century.
Much of what Orwell talks about is reflected in a not so explicit way, being able to make certain parallels with what happens in certain authoritarian regimes of today. A visionary Orwell.
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1984 (in its original English version: Nineteen Eighty-Four) is a dystopian political fiction novel, written by George Orwell between 1947 and 1948 and published on June 8, 1949. The novel popularized the concepts of the omnipresent and vigilant Big Brother, the notorious Room 101, the ubiquitous Thought Police and neolanguage, an adaptation of the English language in which the lexicon is reduced and transformed for repressive purposes, based on the principle that what is not part of the language cannot be thought.
Many analysts detect parallels between today’s society and the world of 1984, suggesting that we are beginning to live in what has become known as an Orwellian society, a society where information is manipulated and mass surveillance and political and social repression are practiced. However, it should not be forgotten that these elements already appear in Zamiatin’s Russian novel We (1924), from which Orwell drew his inspiration, and which is considered the founding novel of the contemporary dystopian novel. The novel 1984 is, however, much more popular and the term “Orwellian” has become synonymous with societies or organizations that reproduce totalitarian and repressive attitudes such as those depicted in the novel. The novel was a success in terms of sales and has become one of the most influential books of the 20th century.
This horror extends, says chapter 17, to language. The neo-language avoids written expression (“it deals with orality and discourse” (14) in order to avoid the logical analysis of statements. In this way, those who use this new language well (that is, those who simplify their thoughts thanks to it) will express themselves with a sound analogous to the quack-quack of a duck, thus fulfilling the Party’s wish that no one should exercise logical and linear thinking.
The constant calls for attention -always urgent, shrill and unpleasant- that are emitted from the screens throughout the novel are also a push towards this. With that noise, who would have time to think, to focus on their inner self, to cultivate themselves? In order to write, people need to get together with themselves, to step out of the flow of life and think about what they want to express as an object under analysis (16). Winston has this experience at the very moment when he tries to write a diary: “he had committed – he would continue to have committed even if he had never put pen to paper – the essential crime that contained in itself all the others. The crimental (mental crime), as they called it” (17).
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