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George Orwell's 1984 / by Barbara Stanners.

George Orwell's 1984 / by Barbara Stanners.
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ISBN 9781925169140 (paperback)
Author Stanners, Barbara author.
Title George Orwell's 1984 / by Barbara Stanners.
Publisher/Date Seven Hills, [N.S.W.] : Phoenix Education, [2019]
©2019
Pagination etc. 69 pages : illustrations, photographs (some colour) ; 30 cm.
Series Phoenix senior English textual study
Summary Note "Socrates, a Classical Greek philosopher argued that the ability to examine, question and evaluate is what makes us human. Storytelling often explores the 'human condition' and timeless, universal themes such as humanity and the struggle to deal with oppression and adversity. A sensory-rich textual representation has the power to draw an audience into the world of the text and trigger imaginative, emotional and even intellectual engagement with the responder. Giving access to the motivations, actions, thoughts and feelings of others can also foster insightful self-awareness and understanding of the complex ambiguities of positive and negative societal issues. Stories that have a strong 'human' focus often affirm assertions made by Russian author and philosopher Fyodor Dostoyevsky, that the 'mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Satire and dystopic texts often explicitly highlight such themes as well as well as the exposure of human flaws, debasement and the search for truth. George Orwell was a prolific writer, and many of his essays, reviews and novels were inspired by what he had personally witnessed. He condemned what he called the inherent debasement, injustice and gross inequities and injustice of human existence, especially for the most poverty stricken or oppressed. The dystopic social milieu he depicts in Nineteen Eighty-Four is a nightmarish world controlled by the Party's totalitarian politics of fear, terror and hate. A chilling 'naturalist' style is coupled with dystopic leitmotifs of political oppression, rebellion and human survival to portray the soul-destroying and dehumanising world of Oceania. Orwell explores the actual psyche of mania and power itself to destroy the 'Soviet myth' and make his novel a prophetic warning against a possible future where mankind will have been completely stripped of their humanity and made into soulless automatons. His satiric purpose is to highlight the imminent threat and the need for immediate action. Margaret Atwood aptly described the novel as a 'visionary' text...that gave us Big Brother and thoughtcrime and newspeak and the memory hole and the torture palace called the Ministry of Love and the discouraging spectacle of a boot grinding into the human face forever.'" -- Back cover.
Target audience note For senior school students (Years 10, 11, 12).
Subject - Name Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950 -- Criticism and interpretation
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950. -- Nineteen eighty-four
Subject English literature -- Study and teaching (Secondary) New South Wales
English literature -- Examinations -- Study guides
Higher School Certificate Examination (N.S.W.) -- Study guides
Shelf Location HSC 823.912 ORWE
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