1984 by George Orwell: Did You Know?

George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning. He wrote it right after World War II, and his intention was to describe a society which he never wanted to exist in reality. However, sadly, the fictional society of Oceania is eerily reminiscent of Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Union, both of which were in power during Orwell’s time, suggesting that the warning had come too late for those citizens.

Big Brother’s physical characteristics are eerily similar to the physical attributes of both Hitler and Stalin. They all have dark moustaches and charismatic rhetorical styles.

Orwell worked for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) during the war. This probably gave him the inspiration for “newspeak” from all the technical jargon and bureaucratic hypocrisy prevalent in the language.

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