1984: The Ultimate Dystopian Novel

By Michael Staudt

The novel 1984 was written by George Orwell and published on July 8, 1949. The main characters in the novel thrive in a country called Oceania. These characters include Winston Smith, a worker of the Ministry of Truth, his wife Julia, a member of the anti – sex league, Big Brother, the man who owns Oceania, and O’Brien, an officer of the government that deceives Winston and Julia into submitting towards Big Brother.

The government surveillance committee known as Big Brother contributes to the forming of an organization called “The Ministry Of Truth,” which produces the propaganda and news articles of the society.

When Winston commits “thoughtcrime” and sexual actions to revolt against Big Brother, he and his wife Julia are caught and arrested by the thoughtpolice. In the end, Winston submits to the Ministry Of Truth and Big Brother.

This novel is an excellent piece of literature because it describes the struggles society may face. This states the possibility of concealment and inaccurate information aimed towards a country from their federal government. The story also challenges the thoughts one may have about the innocence of government and societies around the world.

I extremely enjoyed the creativity and thought put into the book.  Overall I recommend reading this to challenge your perception of society and enjoy a fantastic piece of literature.