Movie : George Orwell 1984
(sometimes written 1984
) is a 1949 dystopian novel
by George Orwell
about an oligarchical
society. Life in the Oceanian
province of Airstrip One
is a world of perpetual war
, pervasive government surveillance
, and incessant public mind control
. The individual is always subordinated to the state, and it is in part this philosophy which allows the Party to manipulate and control humanity. In theMinistry of Truth
(Minitrue, in Newspeak
), protagonist Winston Smith
is a civil servant
responsible for perpetuating the Party's propaganda
historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meagre existence disillusions him to the point of seekingrebellion
against Big Brother
, eventually leading to his arrest, torture, and reconversion.
As literary political fiction
, Nineteen Eighty-Four
is a classic novel of the social science fiction
subgenre. Since its publication in 1949, many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother
, and Memory hole
, have become contemporary vernacular
. In addition, the novel popularized the adjective Orwellian
, which refers to lies, surveillance, or manipulation of the past in the service of a totalitarian agenda.
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