Orwells 1984

1984 as an Anti-Utopian Novel A utopia is an ideal or perfect community.

While some writers have created fictional places that embody their ideals
societies, other writers have written satires that ridicule existing conditions of
society, or anti-utopias, which show possible future societies that are anything
but ideal. In 1984 , George Orwell presents a terrifying picture of future as
life under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. This book 1984 is an
anti-utopian novel. The main character Winston Smith lives in the large
political country Oceania, which is eternally at war with one of two huge
countries, Eurasia and Eastasia. At any moment all existing records show
either that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with
Eastasia, or that it has always been at war with Eastasia and allied with
Eurasia. Winston knows this, because his work at the Ministry of Truth
involves the constant correction of news. Who controls the past controls the
future: who controls the present controls the past, the party slogan reads.

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Basically, Winston takes real news and twists it to what Big Brother wants
the people to know. In the grim city and terrifying country, where Big
Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read
your mind, Winston is a man in great danger for the simple reason that his
memory still functions. He knows the party controls people by feeding them
lies and taking away their imaginations. The Party forbids thought, love, and
relationships. Drawn into a secret love affair, Winston finds the courage to
join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to
the destruction of the Party. Together with his lover Julia, he puts his life on
the line in a deadly match against the powers of the Party. George Orwell
creates an anti-utopian society in the novel 1984 . The society involves
monitors called telescreens watching you every step you take, love is
forbidden, conformity, and your assigned to work at one of four ministries. In
this society you cant enjoy life or have any fun. After reading the novel you
hope that the future wont be dreadful. When 1984 was new, and 1984 far in
the future, the novel struck its most responsive readers as an unprecedented
torment, an extreme and intolerable vision that stood out (Miller 19). The
book makes the reader put their head up and question if this is how our time
will end. Orwell creates a book where being different is illegal. In 1984
Orwell is trying to present the kind of world in which individuality has become
obsolete and personality is a crime (Howe 322). Imagine living in a society
where if you expressed your own opinions or ideas you would be sent to a
Ministry of Love where you would be tormented and corrupted. Living in
Oceania doesnt seem like an ideal lifestyle. In 1984 you see the Party kill
Winston Smiths individuality. Winston Smith, the hero of the novel, is
shown arming himself with ideas against the Party and defying it by forming a
sexual relationship with Julia: but from the first we know that he will not
escape the secret police, and after he is caught we see him undergoing a
dreadful metamorphosis which burns out his human essence, leaving him a
wreck who can go on living only by becoming on of them (Rahv 313). It is
sad that Winston cant overcome the power of the Party. It seems all faith in
a pleasant future will be stopped by the Party. 1984 s anti-utopian society is
a horrible one. If the future is as dark as George Orwell portray, lets hope we
have individuals that will fight for a better world. Anti-utopian novels open up
peoples eyes about life and existence.
Works Cited Howe, Irving The fiction of Anti-Utopia 1984 (New York:
Harcourt Brace Javonovich, Inc., 1982) Miller, Mark The Fate of 1984
Irving Howe. 1984 Revisited (New York: Harper and Row, Inc.,1983)
Rahv, Phillip The Unfuture of Utopia Irving Howe. 1984 Revisited (New
York: Harper and Row, Inc.,1983)