Eline Sparreboom V5E 1984

My writing assignment is about the comparisons between
George Orwell's life and the life in 1984.

There are several things one could say about the current
events that shaped the themes in George Orwell's '1984'. 

After George Orwell, or officially Eric Blair, finished
his tudies, he joined the Imperial Police. Since that
period Orwell's hate against imperialism was shown.
He wrote about it in 'A Hanging', and
'Shooting an Elephant'. On the other hand the
imperialism interests him as well, since he writes about
the three big states in the world; Oceania, Eurasia and
Eastasia.

During the Spanish Civil War, Orwell fought for the
Republicans. Against Franco's nationalism. Since Orwell was
a member of the Independent Labour Party, he joined the
non-Stalinist far-left POUM 
(Workers' Party of Marxist Unification).

One of the fascist regimes wich I think could be
an inspiration to write about in the book was in 1933.
The time when Adolf Hitler was the German leader, who
 started a party based on dictatorship and wanted an
totalitarian state. His main goal was to expand the
German country; very imperialistic. He was inspired by
the Italian fascism of Mussolini.

This really shows the simularity between Orwell's and
Winston's situation, because in this part of the book
Orwell is, from my view, comparing his life to the 
future life of Winston in 1984.
O'Brien says to Winston:

"The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in
their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. 
They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power
unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a
paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that.
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in
order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish
the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture 
is torture. The object of power is power." page 209 in 1984.

In this part O'Brien is trying to make clear to Winston 
that his government is very different to the previous 
ones like the Nazis and the Communists. Winston doesn't 
believe this, but every time he says something about it he 
gets an electric shock.

O'Brien tells Winston that an individual is always defeated.
 Only when a human being is a member of the Party, he is 
powerful and immortal. This shows the Party's love for a 
totalitarian state in wich the human beings are controlled 
by the government.

Following to O'Brien the human beings are nothing, since 
the earth has been inhabited for so long. When Winston 
tries to prove O'Brien is wrong by saying that there are 
stars and other animals, O'Briens says that 19th century's 
biologists have invented them and that they don't really 
exist. Because the Party controlles the past, Winston 
cannot argue with that. 

I think the book is such a succes because George Orwell has
fought in many wars during his life, first the Indian
 Imperial Police in Burma and later the Workers'
Party of Marxist Unification. He's really good at
describing how prisoners get 
brainwashed and tortured once they are caught.

to look up the entire biography of George Orwell,
click here: http://www.george-orwell.org/l_biography.html
to see the trailer of the movie 1984 watch this:
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