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Book Review- 1984

Book Review: 1984: Lily Johnson

 

In the book 1984, author George Orwell depicts a vision of a totalitarian “dystopia”. A dystopia is an imaginary place in which everything is bad or unpleasant. Orwell wrote this book in 1948 during the era of socialism and totalitarian governments. The reason this book is titled 1984 is because Orwell thought the world depicted in his book would be an actual reality in the year 1984.

 

In Orwell’s totalitarian dystopia named Oceania, the government-- called the party and ruled by an omniscient leader called Big Brother-- controls everything. The party watches its citizens’ every move through telescreens. These telescreens are located in trees, on buildings, and around streets. If you think this is bad, wait until you read about the Thought Police. A person’s thoughts were not even safe in this chilling world. Citizens were forced to believe everything the government said, and if they rebelled in any way, they died a tortuous death. 1984 follows Winston Smith, a man who works in the outer Party. He becomes fed up with the Party’s control and starts to rebel. After a period of time, he feels like maybe the Party can be overthrown, and seemingly makes some allies. Can he trust them, or will his rebellion blow up in his face?

 

If you take Mrs. Jourolmon for AP English Language, you will more than likely read this book. I talked to some students who read it, and they had a mixture of emotions! Stone Crook, an eleventh grader who recently read the book, said “The book was cool, but it was hard to understand sometimes. I wanted to read it after hearing what everybody had to say about it.” Claire Johnson, another eleventh grader who read the book, said, “I did not like the book as much as I thought I would, but it wasn’t too bad.”


1984 has recently been made into a movie, and people around the world have started to read and talk about this book more. Many people have conspiracies about the government already controlling us. Read this book and develop some opinions for yourself! Let us know what you think.