1984: A Dystopian Society
A dystopia is defined as the opposite of a utopia. According to associatedcontent.com, a
dystopia is a fictional society often taking place in the future, where the standards of living are
terrible due to oppression, deprivation and terror often due to oppressive social control.
Dystopian societies seem very fearful to us because they foreshadow our society and its
problems. George Orwell’s novel 1984 depicts the perfect example of a dystopian society
because of its in-human technology and authoritarian government.
A dystopian society treats its citizens in an oppressiveand awful way. The novel is
centered on a man named Winston Smith. He is a thirty-nine year old man that is described as a
small fragile man. He wears blue overalls because it is the uniform of the Party and he is poor
and rather unhealthy. Winston works at the Ministry of Truth which ironically, was the complete
opposite of the truth. It concerned itself with the news, education and entertainment of Oceania,
the super state that Winstonlived in. The three slogans of the Ministry of Truth were, “War is
peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength” (4). This shows that the government did not
exist for the good of the people and that the government did whatever they could so that there
was no individualism in the society.
The government was constantly watching its citizen. Two distinct examples of this are
the telescreens and Big Brother. The telescreens are put in the houses of all the citizens so that
they think that they are constantly being watched.
“The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made,
above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he
as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being
watched at any given moment” (3).
This made the citizens paranoid and also contained any individuality...