“The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed. Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.”
This is mind blowing and completely horrifying. This is one of the lines from the book that resonates with me. Considering that this was first published in 1950s, it is still relevant in our society even today. Especially now during the times of Pandemic, government have been implementing strict quarantine rules for staying at home. In the news, people have been enraged and revolting through social media platforms their stand for the government. This is one of the classic books I would recommend for everyone. Themtically, 1984 talks about the consequences of mass surveillance, government as the authority, no freedom of speech, and totalitarianism at its peak
It’s not the usual dystopian fiction where Katniss saves District 12 or Tris joins the rebels. I was amazed by Orwell’s political views. This book feels more real and honest compared to those dystopian young adults I’ve read in the past. Totalitarianism is clearly depicted on this book. It is terrifying how power hungry people are obsessed to gain dictatorship for their own welfare. People are forced to submit to authorities, everyone is watching, the history is forgotten, and speaking against the government is punishable by death. The reality that are being fed to the people are completely twisted. They are led to believe by false information.
I thought this was a slow-paced book but I was wrong. when I got to around 15% and things got exciting. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Compared to Huxley’s A Brave New World writing style, 1984 is a much easier read. Both are informative and relevant read but this book is easier to grasp. I love both books and would recommend both. A Brave New World is a much closer to the world where we live in. 1984 is a book that should be read and digested thoroughly. Some information and terms had been overwhelming. Now, I understand why this classic is a banned book and been questioned by its social and political themes.