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What is the atmosphere of the novel 1984 and how is it created?

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ginger12 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 11, 2009 at 4:14 AM via web

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What is the atmosphere of the novel 1984 and how is it created?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted March 11, 2009 at 8:45 PM (Answer #1)

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The atmosphere of "1984" is bleak and gray.  Orwell describes the setting with words that give us this atmosphere.  When he describes where Winston lives in the beginning, and when he describes the city, where Winston works, etc., he does not use words that have a positive feeling.  He does not use many color words except words that denote darkness like "gray", "brown", and such.  The most color we encounter comes when Winston and Julia get together, especially in the golden country.  Orwell's use of the government created language of Newspeak lets the reader see how much control the government has.  It has created new words and new definitions for old words in its attempt to gain complete control over its citizens.  Orwell also helps to create the atmosphere of the novel through the Big Brother posters described and how they appear to constantly look at people. The technology that Orwell describes adds to the bleakness because the technology doesn't make people's lives better, it is used to spy on the citizens and to control them rather than help them.

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costopolous12 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:49 AM (Answer #2)

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Read the book. 

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