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What is Orwell's message in 1984?

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barbieloveskin | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:12 AM via web

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What is Orwell's message in 1984?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:42 AM (Answer #1)

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The overall message is that totalitarian governments such as those of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia are/were bad.

When Orwell wrote 1984, he was concerned that governments were moving more toward totalitarianism.  He worried that these governments might start taking away more and more of people's rights and freedoms.

Because of this, he wrote the book to try to get people to think about what could happen if governments kept becoming more controlling and totalitarian.

So, the book is kind of a warning about what might happen and a call for people to be careful so they can make sure they are not letting their governments move in this direction.

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byersk | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2009 at 6:56 AM (Answer #2)

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The message in the book 1984 was that the type of government portrayed will never be a benefit to society.

It takes away all individuality both in people's thinking and actions.  It requires all people to be exactly alike so as to please the government and to stay within the prescribed constucts.  It, also, can creates divisions between people with a sense of insecurity and suspicion.

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