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What is the overall tone of Orwell's book 1984?

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camii11 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2011 at 8:51 AM via web

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What is the overall tone of Orwell's book 1984?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Orwell's book 1984 is particularly pessimistic in tone. Readers watch the downcast Winston Smith deal with the circumstances of the dreary surroundings of the society in which he lives. He faces working for a government which he knows treats the people inappropriately. He endures a relationship that gives him false hope in the thought that human relationships could eventually become real again. But alas, the gray colors of the setting portray hopelessness and futility in the rebirth of such life. The symbols of the telescreen and Big Brother demonstrate the overwhelming invasiveness of a government who wishes to control every aspect of human existence. The themes of control, falsehood, the condition of being average, loneliness, and corruption further contribute to this pessimistic tone. Orweel makes readers feel down-trodden, undervalued, and insignificant.

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