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Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning. What was he warning us about?

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cmm940627 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2011 at 8:21 AM via web

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Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning. What was he warning us about?

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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 4, 2011 at 9:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Orwell was warning about the dangers of a totalitarian state. He was warning us to be on guard against unjustifiable encroachments of the state. Citizen's passivity can lead to a situation where the state has stripped individuals of all rights, including the most basic right of freedom of thought. In Orwell's dystopian future, the state so regulated language that it became nearly impossible for people to even think a thought that would meet with the government's disapproval. So much internal control was in place that little external control was needed. Orwell was warning that if we are not careful, such control could become a reality.


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soccrkidz13 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:13 AM (Answer #2)

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orwell was warning about the future and the way a totalitarian state could end up.  he wanted to make sure that this never happened in real life. in the book the party records every word uttered and every action done by a party member. Orwell was trying to make sure that his book never ends up as a reality.


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