Orwellian

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
External video
1984.png
What "Orwellian" really means - Noah Tavlin, 5:31, TED Ed[1]

"Orwellian" is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It denotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson"—a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practised by modern repressive governments. Often, this includes the circumstances depicted in his novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four[2] but political double-speak is criticized throughout his work, such as in Politics and the English Language.[3]

Nineteen Eighty-Four uses themes from life in the Soviet Union and wartime life in Great Britain as sources for many of its motifs.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What "Orwellian" really means - Noah Tavlin". TED Ed. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Drabble, Margaret (2000). The Oxford Companion to English Literature (Sixth ed.). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 726. ISBN 0-19-861453-5. 
  3. ^ Traub, James (January 5, 2016). "The Empty Threat of 'Boots on the Ground'". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Orwell, George (1949). Nineteen Eighty-four, A Novel. New York: Harcourt, Brace. OCLC 366581. 
  5. ^ Tzouliadis, Tim (2008). The Forsaken. New York: Penguin Press. pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-1-59420-168-4. 

External links[edit]