This novel by George Orwell is one of my favorite books of all time. I first read it in my English course, fell in love with it and read it for the 3rd time just recently. I felt it was now appropriate to tell you guys about it since I basically know it inside out.
It is a dystopian themed novel about an extremely strict and authoritarian system of living. The characters, in short, are living in hell but also in their state called Oceania. They have no say whatsoever. If they say something, actually scratch that –if they think something it is easily considered a crime, more specifically, thought crime. In the real world, humans have the freedom of thought and opinion which is exactly what the characters in the novel lack. They are entirely under the influence of the very powerful figure of ‘Big Brother’.All of society functions under big brother’s commands. If one disobeys any orders, it results in death or disappearance in which the clearest reason of disappearance is death, but no one knows for sure. The way big brother indirectly threatens the citizens of Oceania ensures that they follow all his commands and never even think about going against him.
However the protagonist, Winston Smith, challenges the whole notion of big brother as he finds himself trying to uncover the truth behind big brother and history in general. He knows that people only believe what big brother wants them to believe, and what big brother wants them to believe he will make believable. He twists and messes with the truth to put it all in his favor. By making the party members do his dirty work and muddle with documents and historical records, he ensures his continuity in controlling society. Winston starts to secretly rebel against authority and find himself a better life to live. He fails to understand that with a forceful figure like big brother, it is not possible to do what he wants to do.
The underlying message of this story and concept can be perceived in many ways. Personally I see this novel as a contrasting reality to ours today. It makes me feel so grateful to be a part of a world where freedom is increasing and captivity is diminishing. The protagonist Winston Smith is the common man whom we all can relate with in different ways. His curiosity, struggle for survival and overall journey can relate to each and everyone’s lives in various ways for various means. The way he struggles to find the truth is something we all experience in our lives as the world doesn’t hand us truth on a silver platter, we have to fight for it. It can be truth to prove ourselves right, a loved one right or just the truth to serve overall justice in a time of prejudice. The journey is well presented throughout this novel, and although it doesn’t end in the best of ways, life sometimes doesn’t either. It is the harsh reality. Everyone should consider giving this one a read. Cheers.
“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already” – George Orwell
Sometimes you just have to distance yourself from people. Everyone in your life has a purpose, you just need to wait and figure out exactly where they’re coming from. If they bring you happiness, stay with them.. If they bring you sorrow, let them go.. If you regret, they’ve taught you a lesson.. If you cry, they’ve made you stronger.. If you wish you’ve never met them, they’ve done their job. Now it’s on you to make wiser decisions in your future. You need these experiences to guide you to a better path.Whether they’ve brought you happiness or have made you more aware of your surroundings, always show gratitude. Be grateful of what you’ve experienced in your life as it was all just for your own benefit. Stay positive, and be patient. – Let the glass be half full –
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle Onassis
Hope: a small word with innumerable amount of significance. You know sometimes we go through life & encounter situations in which we have ‘no hope’, or so we say. But hope is just a matter of believing. We’ve all heard of that cheesy line that goes, ‘if you can believe it, you can achieve it’. While this might not be 100% true, it does have a bit of truth behind it. Having hope doesn’t mean that you will always come out on top & succeed, but it will give you the endurance you need to get through a difficult or aggravated time. That little bit of hope you have can help you overcome a lot of things. There will be situations where that tiny ounce of hope that you had, was totally worth it. Life is full of surprises. You don’t know what your future holds for you, so never lose hope. As hard as it may get, stay hopeful & hopefully things work out for you! And if they don’t, remember that everything happens for a reason, & everyone has a different path that’s written for them. To get to that path you may have to miss a few opportunities here and there, but it might all be worth the success you may have in the end. Stay hopeful & just keep swimming. ❤
Hi. Hello. Bonjour. Salaam. Aloha. Merhaba. Ciao. (That’s all I got)
I hope everyone is doing well. As you probably noticed, this is my first blog post and it is just to introduce myself to you all. So..
I am a 17 (almost 18) year old girl from the famous Canada. I basically write (thanks genius). I know, I know that’s quite vague but it’s true. I write about anything to be honest; stuff lingers about in my crazy little mind such as issues, interests, goals & ambitions, & life in general and I just transfer it all onto a piece of paper or my trusty old laptop. So I’ve decided to make this blog to post my writings and share it with all you beautiful people. You guys can feel free to ask me questions about my work or address anything you wish to because I am a very open-minded person and don’t believe in judging anyone. Let’s try to make this journey a pleasant one at the least, but we still be keeping it real✌
“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow” – William Shakespeare