1984 fifty years on – in what respects has the fictitious future vision of George Orwell “come true”?

George Orwell composed his famous unique Nineteen Eighty-Four between the years 1945 and 1948. Although the title is ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, the book wasn’t indicated to be a detailed description of the specific year of 1984 however a crucial, futuristic book. In Orwell’s criticism of an ideal society, his unique ended up being called among the best anti-utopian novels of perpetuity.

Although the novel begins as a story of an aberrant man, it rapidly becomes a protest versus a police state. The novel seems to be a satire at the start, comparable to unique Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, but quickly the reader will discover that it is not entirely satire. Nineteen Eighty-Four is not only criticism of what Orwell saw taking place in his nation with the coming of English Socialism, but a warning of the consequences of modern government actions and what they were threatening to cause.

Perhaps the novel appears so bleak since it was written in the conditions and environment in which Orwell resided in 1948, directly after the 2nd World War. Possibly individuals would be more comfortable with the novel if they might forget the idea of the possibility of the prediction becoming real. In year 1984 it seemed to be a big trend to discuss which aspects of the book had come true, although the title of the book was just gotten by switching the last two numbers of the publishing year the other way round.

The most apparent function in the book that existed -and still exists for instance in Cuba– is the totalitarian government. Although Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s Nazi Germany certainly gave the model for Oceania, Orwell and no-one else in the end of the 1940s understood exactly what was happening inside these states. For instance the fact of Stalin’s federal government turned up just after 1952 when the head of the country passed away. KGB might be linked to the Thought Police in the sense of “vaporising” individuals who were against the leader mysteriously during the night. In this sense, Orwell translated in his novel rather well the secret actions inside the police state.

Likewise Orwell’s view of tv seems to have partially “come to life”. The tv was a quite new creation in the end of the 1940s when Nineteen Eighty-Four was released, and therefore Orwell established the idea of an unswitchable TELEVISION, telescreen, for his novel. Although the modern TV’s can be switched off and the Party members can’t observe us through them, Orwell would not probably have actually been amazed by the fact that in 1984 the average American household invested over 7 hours in front of the television every night. The number is even greater for those families who occur to have a cable.

As Winston in the beginning of the book is a middle-aged guy living alone, and working just due to the fact that everybody needs to, his position resembles the one of a modern, marginalised man. He can’t remember his childhood or even his mother clearly. It is possible to see here one Orwell’s insight more, even though it is rather not likely that he actually forecasted in 1948 that marginalisation would become a problem fifty years later on.

The theme of Newspeak and the destruction of language was also one aspect of the future that George Orwell saw ahead of time. Although the federal governments these days are not attempting to eliminate more and more words from our vocabularies in order to eliminate our capability to unite or conspire against them, the language is altering. Words that sound as if they were the purest Newspeak already exist, for instance the word ‘commercial’ (details + commercial) might be straight type Oceania. Likewise brand-new words come to presence at the very same time when old words almost disappear. The vanishing, or forgotten words are generally names of old things that are not used anymore. New innovation in turn brings new items that require brand-new names.

No other work of the 20th century has actually influenced individuals with such love of liberty and hatred of tyranny. Due to the fact that of the numerous predictions of the future that Orwell made over fifty years back and which in the future have really “come to life”, Nineteen Eighty-Four remains among the great novels of the previous century.