What is/are the theme(s) of the book 1984?Is the theme directly stated or implied?

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clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1984 was published only a few years after the end of World War II, by a man (Blaire a.k.a. Orwell) who fought in it. Orwell was very concerned with the state of the world and politics and he used political satire and allegory to get his points across to everyone in the world. If we look at the book in the context in which it was written we really see that probably the main theme in the book is to be very careful of government and what the society which supports them allows them to do. Orwell poses the idea through this book that if government were given ultimate and total control, even control of thought, that they could control the world.

I think another intended theme is to question everything and not just be a blind follower of whatever it is the majority is doing. If everyone were to do just that then we would be easily convinced of anything, just like Winston and the other characters in the book.

gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A section of the enote on this book discusses themes in fair detail:

http://www.enotes.com/1984/themes

 For now, I would say that 1984 is about the threat totalitarianism carries for the individual.  It is also a critique of socialism, and of statism, and a warning about mass power.