Living in a society with limited freedom of expression is not enjoyable. A Totalitarian society is a good example of such a society, because although it provides control for the people, it can deny them a great deal of freedom to express there individuality. The fictional society in 1984 also is a metaphor for a Totalitarian society. Communication, personal beliefs, and individual loyalty to the government are all controlled by the inner party which governs the people of Oceania in order to keep them from rebelling. Current society in America is much more democratic. It contrasts with Orwell's society of 1984 because communication, personal beliefs and the people's loyalty to the government are all determined by the individual. .
1984 is a modern classic of "Negative Utopia" an original and taunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last. No on can deny this novels power, its grasp on imaginations of generations. In this prophetic vision the world has split into three separate super countries and the economy of each is based on war with one another. The setting of the book is airstrip one, a city that is present day London, in the super country of Oceania. The year is nineteen eighty four.
The first character brought to the novel is Winston Smith a 39 year old male employee at the Ministry of truth. "The parties" dictator Big Brother, whose face is everywhere on posters captioned, "Big Brother Is Watching You." Big Brother is able to control all life through four ministries of Peace, Love, Plenty, And truth. Winston's Job at .
the ministry of truth involves historical documents and rewrites of news stories to show "the parties" infallibility. Winston feels restricted by "the parties" views from the beginning.