We’ve already talked about dystopian literature in relation to Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, but there is one classic dystopian novel in particular that we thought deserved a special spotlight this month — and that is 1984 by George Orwell. Not only is 1984 one of the best examples of classic dystopian literature, but there are echoes of its themes woven throughout Shatter Me.
Big Brother is watching you.
– 1984 by George Orwell
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
Themes in 1984
- Dangers of Totalitarianism (a classic dystopian theme)
- Psychological Manipulation
- Control of Information & History; Propaganda
- Abuse of Technology & Surveillance
- Language as Mind Control
- Sexual Repression
Here are some great resources for further exploring the novel 1984:
- Read 1984 for free online
- 1984 eNotes study guide
- 1984 Summaries & Interpretations
- Newspeak Dictionary: terminology used in 1984
- Quotes from 1984
For the comments: Have you read 1984? What did you think of it? If you’ve read Shatter Me, what relationship can you see between the two novels?