1984 Reading Log: Part 2

Response: The leading topic in George Orwell's 1984 is the political structure within the book. The depressing atmosphere of the setting caused by a blatantly intrusive and authoritarian government is one of the primary observations a reader makes shortly into the book. With the exception of one individual, every citizen, intelligent or not, fully accepts whatever information INGSOC feeds to them. When the rations are significantly decreased, the government reports that, instead, the rations have been gracefully increased for the citizens' well-being. Nobody appears to question this statement. Those who do question the government have their resistance quelled quickly. It is implied that they are callously executed, but the government leaves no record of those who suffer such a fate--no matter how indelible they were during their lifetime, officially, they never existed. The vast majority of the citizens are seen as subordinate and irrelevant, yet none of the populace recognizes this. As a result, the government's activities are essentially clandestine, no matter the degree of oppression. Orwell's government has a very sturdy political structure--that is, literally none of its citizens can object to it.

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