New PDF release: 1984 (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

By Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 0791077667

ISBN-13: 9780791077665

Julia, is still poignant greater than 50 years after its 1949 ebook. "Nineteen Eighty-Four" paints the grim photo of a society during which all details is managed through the govt., often referred to as immense Brother. here's a ready-reference software for college students drawn to this dystopian vintage, particularly people with a watch towards learn. supplying 50 percentage new fabric over the former version, "1984, up-to-date Edition", comprises the main appropriate serious interpretations on hand.

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In 1946 Orwell wrote: In England the immediate enemies of truthfulness, and hence of freedom of thought, are the press lords, the film magnates, and the bureaucrats. (CEJL, IV, 64) That familiar case still holds. But there is another key element in Orwell’s diagnosis: But ... on a long view the weakening of the desire for liberty among the intellectuals themselves is the most serious symptom of all. (CEJL, IV, 64) 26 Raymond Williams It was from this conviction that some of the most specific features of Nineteen Eighty-Four were composed.

Beyond the obvious pyrotechnics of the projection there is, however qualified, a steady insistence on the value of thinking for oneself and of refusing the official simplifications which all ruling groups employ. The more there is to be mocked or hated, in any system, the more it is necessary to resist these feelings being used by others, for their own governing purposes. One scene in the novel sticks in my mind, in this later period, when the figurehead of the Opposition, Goldstein, appears on the screen— demanding the immediate conclusion of peace with Eurasia ...

As for fiction, instead of giving up his old criteria, he meshed them with political objectives. Character became less important than subject—or rather, he subsumed the development of character under that of issue, theme, and message. Design remained significant. He cared about the plot as plot; beyond that, he cared about symmetry, tempo, the balance to be struck between dialogue and narrative, arrangement of episodes and images. Above all, he retained his pleasure in good writing and his faith in the potential of language.

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