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1984: Enter Dystopia

ENG-4U presentation on George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984. Contents: Introduction, background information, body (totalitarianism, political authority, false utopia/dystopia), conclusion and results.

Zachary Champagne

on 19 November 2010

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Transcript of 1984: Enter Dystopia

1984: Enter Dystopia An examination of the influences of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984 By: Zachary Champagne
Course: ENG 4U
Date: November 19, 2010 Mr. Gumeiniak what about george orwell? “George Orwell” was the pen name of Eric Blair.
Orwell was an Englishman born in India in 1903. He died at age 47.
Orwell was educated at Eton, a prestigious boarding school in England.
The Story Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes 1984) is a darkly satirical political novel by George Orwell. The story takes place in a nightmarish dystopia, in which an ever-surveillant State enforces perfect conformity among citizens through indoctrination, fear, lies and ruthless punishment. CONCEPTS Official Language of Oceania
No purpose in maintaining complex language
Language dedicated to "destruction of words"

Newspeak Doublethink Doublethink is the manipulation of the mind by making people accept contradictions
Doublethink makes people believe that the Party is the only institution that knows right from wrong

Parties The Inner Party (1% of pop) control the country
The Outer Party (18% of pop) controlled by the Inner Party
The Proles (81% of pop.) labor power who live in poverty
The Brotherhood is an underground rebellion
Ministries and Propaganda QUESTION? What is the influence of Orwell's prophectic vision of the fate of modern society through his ideology, political authority and totalitarianism generated in his novel? THESIS
Orwell's prophetic vision of society is a seems foretelling of the future, but as one researches 1984 in depth, a warning and alert becomes the prominent message to future society partly realised by socialism and fascism. Ministry of Peace: "Minipax" = Making war
Ministry of Plenty: "Miniplenty" = Maintaining poverty
Ministry of Truth: "Minitrue" = Correcting history
Ministry of Love: "Miniluv" = Torture/brutality So....? Parallel's Stalinist Soviet Union (KGB)
Adolf Hitler's Nazi's (SS)
"Orwellian inspiration" Celebrates individual freedom lost in his novel
Parody of The Four Freedoms (speech and expression, worship God, from want and fear). 1941
Key Findings Satiristic depiciton of the future of society
To capture the minds of society/political leaders and people in power
False representation of utopia
"My novel Nineteen Eighty-four is not intended as an attack on socialism, or on the British Labour party, but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable, and which have already been partly realized in Communism and fascism." George Orwell PROOF conclusions Ability to control the mind without recourse
Attain as much power as possible
Populus subdued due to distortion of thought which provokes language Work Cited www.prezi.com

Think for yourself, question authority Thank you ANY QUESTIONS? orwell in depth Political Views More Details Orwell decided to skip college and work as a British Imperial Policeman in Burma
He hated working in Burma and returned to English on sick-leave
Once back in England he dedicated himself to writing full time.
1984 was written in 1948
He considered himself a democratic socialist and was critical of communism
He hated intellectuals, lying, cruelty, political authority, and totalitarianism
He strongly opposed Stalin and Hitler -- he was very outspoken during WWII
Utopia versus Dystopia Utopia: Creation of ideal world
Ones view of "perfect" life on earth
Style of fiction writing

Dystopia: Ones creation of nightmarish "hell"
Opposite of utopian society/false utopia
Deprivation, oppression, terror

Genres of literature that explore political structure
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