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George Orwell

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lin.marisa1810 Sep 16, 2016 at 11:46pm

This book appears to be a pretty obvious commentary on tyrannical societies. But does anyone think it is also a commentary on other types of societies too (communism, socialism, capitalism, etc.)?

sstewart

Sep 19, 2016 at 12:36pm

That's a great question! Many experts have noted that Animal Farm is a critique of USSR's communism, and Orwell was a noted critic of communist societies. 1984 does caution against governments with too much power over their citizens, and I think this could be applied to any type of political system. We even saw comparisons to "Big Brother" with the NSA cellphone surveillance in America.

Ryanayr

Sep 17, 2016 at 9:19pm

I think there's quite a bit of commentary on communism, some of Winston's descriptions paint a picture of the ideals of communism taken to the extreme. For example when he talks about his job and updating the numbers of various resources produced. There are a lot of things about the society that aren't communist, but it almost as if the government is trying to appear communist while really becoming totalitarian. Orwell could even have be trying to paint the picture that any communist government could eventually become totalitarian.

SargentJellyfishPerson829 Oct 10, 2017 at 12:13am

a very useful book with lots of new information i have never known

ATGcoursehero Sep 22, 2016 at 4:38pm

What do you think about today when you watch Apple's 1984 commercial? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtvjbmoDx-I

aabid94 Jan 11, 2017 at 2:54pm

this is great and over 20 characters!!

ic_ch Oct 24, 2019 at 4:49pm

Very good book that is scary even today.

katerina.katerina.katerina.katerina.katerina Dec 12, 2019 at 5:43am

this book made me think about life in total

DeanButterflyPerson1537 Feb 11, 2022 at 8:37am

This is really helpful for everyine and I recommend for all!

ElderSalamander1766 Nov 21, 2021 at 8:08am

Thank you, it helped me a lot!