Strength of the human mind
Apologies this is late – I tried logging in with the wrong password one too many times, and the system automatically locked me out.
1984 is believable in some ways and unbelievable in others. For one thing, I don’t think it’s possible for one party to gain so much power that it has the ability to control people down their very minds. One may be quick to say ‘oh but this has happened!’, citing something like Adolf Hitler’s takeover of Germany, but I don’t think even his reign got to that point. Granted, I could be wrong, I wasn’t alive during that time – however it is my belief that the human mind is strong enough where a person will always have their own beliefs, even though they might look otherwise on the outside. This is why I said what I did in class.
The book is… somewhat graphic. I like to think I’m rather tough, but I’ll be honest – if the torture Winston went through is as bad as Orwell made it seem like, I doubt I’d live through it. It makes me wonder how much of a threat a totalitarian government could think one man could be, that they would go through such extreme measures, if something like this book were to happen in real life. Again I maintain that it has not.
I think anyone wanting to write a dystopian novel should read this book, it seems to do everything right, and most of what’s right involves making the reader depressed. The entire encompassing idea of the book is that a single political party controls each and every aspect of a person’s life, and mercilessly crushes anyone that tries to defy it. If something like that isn’t depressing, I don’t know what is.