Cultural Revolution in Orwell’s 1984 and America’s 2014

In Orwell’s novel Winston Smith, the protagonist, finds himself living in an inhuman world he cannot recognize as normal or natural. Aware of life in London before the Revolution and now experiencing the chilling new world of Big Brother and the Party in Oceania, Winston feels alienated, enslaved, and dehumanized. He has vague fond memories of the past he recalls from his childhood, but his current life as a government employee in the Ministry of Truth bears no resemblance to his earlier life. The threat of Thought Crime and Thought Police has deprived him…

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Aug, 8 2014

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Jul, 22 2014

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Aug, 12 2014

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Aug, 11 2014

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Aug, 6 2014

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