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Literary Analysis

"The Censors", Luisa Valenzuela and "1984", George Orwell

Ariane Gonzalez

on 1 October 2012

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Literary Analysis
"The Censors", and "1984" Ariane Gonzalez
Araceli Luna
Bella Markham Juan sent a letter to his lover, then realizing it could put them both in danger. He knew how carefully every letter was read to try to find any type of subversive message, so the only way he thought he could escape it was to start working at the censorship division. He started becoming more and more absorbed with his job, that his mission became blurred in his mind. When he finally found his own letter, he censored it without regret, being executed the next day; “a victim of his devotion to his work”. "The Censors", by Luisa Valenzuela Juan had to decide if he was going to intercept his own letter, which was the reason why he started working for the Censorship Division; or do the right job according to his work duties and censor his own letter. Moral Dilemma: "The Censors" The principle of Newspeak is enacted in "The Censors".
Quote from The Censors; “they examine, sniff, feel and read between the lines of each and every letter, and check i;ts tiniest comma and most accidental stain”
Quote from "1984": “this process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, soundtracks, cartoons photographs – to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance” Connection to "1984" George Orwell's Background and "1984" Born into a "lower-upper-middle class" family in 1903, George Orwell grew up in a very negative period of time. After resigning from the Indian Imperial Police in 1928, he began to detest imperialism and a lot of his experiences shaped his political views into a much more pessimistic outlook.
Major concern with language - led to the invention of Newspeak - thus relating back to "1984".
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