[good reads] 1984

June 25, 2017

Have you ever gone back and read books that you know are book but in the end don’t really remember that well? I recently decided to go back and Read George Orwell’s 1984. The last time I read this book I was in high school and I remember reading it during sophomore English class. It’s a fairly dense book and considering the monologue that it essentially is, it can be a bit difficult to follow if you’re not reading the book wholeheartedly (for example, for class assignments).

The entire book is a bit scary to read especially when you think about the fact that Orwell wrote this book in the 1940s describing the 1980s and even though it’s true that the world in 1984 didn’t look, sound, or smell like Orwell’s “negative utopia”, there are times in society today when it seems that Orwell’s 1984 world perhaps isn’t all that far away. One of the most interesting concepts that the book talks about is that with Newspeak (the language that eventually everyone in Oceania will speak), one of the goals is to limit vocabulary and language. The Party is convinced that if people no longer have the words to describe certain concepts and ideas, then those concepts and ideas essentially disappear. It’s a scary thought!

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