I know…why didn’t I read this in school? I have no idea. It never came up as required reading in any of my classes. I read Animal Farm right around the time I was learning about the Russian Revolution (which was super keen), but 1984 was never on the menu.
Now that I have read it, I understand why it is so popular in many classrooms. For example, Newspeak, Orwell’s created language, I can see how that could create some interesting discussions (or headaches?) for English teachers. Student: “Ugh…Why don’t WE talk in newspeak?! Why do I need to know what nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives are? They are so stupid! That would be double plus good to get rid them. See?! Double plus easyful!” Teacher: “No…that’s not the…ugh…”
Although I don’t think this is my favourite of the dystopian stories out there, I am glad I read it, especially during Bookstravaganza. How blessed am I to live in a country where I can go to a free library, read anything I want and write anything I want. The day someone even hints at getting rid of printed media or free libraries is a day we should all be weary of. Changing things on a medium like the internet is relatively easy, just click “delete” or “back space”. Printed media is much more of a nightmare to get rid of and/or change. That’s why we need it to persist, in order to have an accurate written history (blemishes and all).
And just because I can, here is David Bowie’s song “1984“. (Side note: Tina Turner has a cover of this song on her Private Dancer album which was released in…you guessed it: 1984!)
Super side note: Out of ALL the mustached faces that could appear in my head when I thought of Big Brother, THIS was the face that would appear! I know he doesn’t look menacing, but if The Party told you to fear/love this face- you would! Oh, just go read the book…
Books Read: 13