Alienation In 1984

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When classifying the genre of a novel, the genre is typically generalized because no one novel fits their stated genre completely; there is always an area that leans more towards one genre or subgenre than the other. That is definitely true when discussing George Orwell’s 1984, a dystopian novel that illustrates a world that could have been. In most aspects, 1984 fits the title “science fiction” because it does have anachronism, alienation, and commentary, but 1984 utilizes those characteristics of science fiction in unconventional ways. With that being said, a better classification for 1984 would probably be the science fiction subgenre of dystopia. 1984 is full of imagination, but it seems to be more of a warning, and dystopian novels are usually warnings with satirical aggression on the real world’s societal behaviors. Even though 1984 doesn’t have the humor satires typically do, it touches on the same concepts and discusses the world in …show more content…
As stated before, this seems like a severe form of censorship, but it also seems as if the Party wants a race of robots as their following. Therefore, alienation is used in 1984, but it is done unconventionally. The most common form of alienation is the use of robot armies or actual aliens, but 1984 uses alienation in the sense of people acting like robots. The citizens of Oceania, excluding the proles, are forced to do what the Party wants them to. That stretches from thinking what the Party wants you to think, seeing what the Party wants you to see, working where the Party wants you to work, and even to buying what the Party wants you to buy. People are being controlled in every aspect of their life. They may not be made of metal and flashing buttons, but Oceania’s people are controlled like robots. They have become