“1984” George Orwell
No doubt that many of you have already read this classic novel, maybe during your school years. Why not get back to this reading which is still relevant because it highlights the excesses of totalitarianism and the annihilation of any spirit of freedom and individuality that is essential for human being.
BIG BROTHER is the symbolic character of George Orwell’s novel and has become a kind of metaphor used in everyday language – perhaps nowadays even more than ever – to denounce any invasion of privacy.
In “1984” Big Brother embodies the leader of a party to which all people are subject in deeds and thoughts, including Winston Smith. He is the main character whose feelings we are following in this story. Winston Smith will come to doubt about the value of this almighty police state and to experience some new way of living and feeling. But not without problems…
– yes because it allows the reader to escape to an elsewhere which is – fortunately – different from his daily life…
– yes because it allows him to put his own concerns in perspective : indeed our thoughts are still not under control, we have the choice not to disclose our privacy provided we do not compromise ourselves on social networks
– yes because this novel gives food for thought and stimulates to act in order to maintain our individual freedom.
In the following interview, the author George Orwell gives us an early warning :