B. Oceana – 20th Century
C. 1980’s – Airstrip One
The main theme is what life is like in a totalitarianism society. This type of society makes it so that there is no freedom for anybody. The people are under control of the government twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. The “telescreens” are the perfect way to explain what this society is like. The telescreen is a flat screen that is put in every room, every building so that the government and Big Brother can watch every move someone make. One other major example in this book is the thought police. If you are caught committing a thought crime, the thought police will vaporize you, in other words you will be murdered. That is something that contributes to not having any sort of freedom in this type of society.
There are multiple dominant tones in this particular story. The ones that stand out the most are frightening and depressing. On page 102, third paragraph in the first line is where the depressing aspect comes into view. “It was night that they come for you. Always at night. The proper thing was to kill yourself before they got you” Suicide was there only option before they got murdered, which is rather sad. On page eighty four, paragraph two in the fourth sentence is where the frightening aspect comes into play. “When he got up to it he saw that it was a human hand severed at the wrist. Apart from the bloody stump, the hand was so completely whitened as to resemble a plaster