George Orwell’s 1984: Totalitarianism and Nazi Germany

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at how Orwell critiques the totalitarian regimes of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in his masterpieces.

“George Orwell has been a major contributor to anticommunist literature around the World War II period. Orwell lived in England during World War II, a time when the Totalitarianism State, Nazi Germany, was at war with England and destroyed the city of London. “I know that building” said Winston finally. “It’s a ruin now. It’s in the middle of the street outside the Palace of Justice. That’s right. Outside the Law Courts. It was bombed in-oh many years ago.'” (Orwell 83). The main character’s being reflects Orwell’s own life experiences as a citizen in war torn England and how he uses this in 1984. George Orwell is famous for two major novels, which attack totalitarianism. The first is Animal Farm a satire describing the leaders of the Soviet Union as animals on an animal farm. The second novel is 1984 a story of dictators who are in complete control of a large part of the world after the Allies lost in World War II. The government in this novel gives no freedoms to its citizens. They live in fear because they are afraid of having bad thoughts about the government of Oceania, a crime punishable by death. By employing literary devices such as diction, foreshadowing, and symbolism, Orwell composes a novel “1984” which proves to be a gem in Orwell’s collection of novels against totalitarianism.”


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