1984: An Illustration that brings out the reality


There are certain books that are timeless. No matter when it was written, it still stays relevant in each era. One such book is 1984 by George Orwell.


A dystopia novel by George Orwell, 1984 revolves around the life of a low ranking member of ‘the party, Winston Smith. Frustrated by the present state of condition where the eyes of the party and its frightening overlord ‘Big Brother’ control every aspect of people’s lives.

The novel unleashes a unique plot ‘No One is Safe or Free’. It is a situation right after World war 2, where everything is owned by the state. Big Brother is always keeping an eye on you. He even has complete power over everyone’s feelings of love, life, and discovery. The central theme of this historical storey is that no one has the freedom to live life on his or her own terms.

Whoever has read 1984 can truly connect it to the present times.

1984 Significance

For years now, every now and the novel has been compared to various happenings around the world and numerous world leaders have been tagged as ‘Big Brother.

One such situation was in 2013, where after the Edward Snowden revelations, the situation was tagged near- Orwellian. While different people had varied views, it quote resembles the Orwellian view of the world.

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However, as Rusbridger points out, the book’s most important legacy lies in the grey area between what Orwell got right and what he got wrong — a testament to “the unknowable question of what future purpose technology might be put to,” the darker answers to which we must at least acknowledge, even as we strive to offer more ennobling ones.

1984 Illustration

Since 1947, The Folio Society, a unique and proudly independent publisher has served as the premier patron saint of contemporary cross-pollination of great art and great literature.

Folio publishes a diverse range of outstanding books, selecting titles from among the world’s greatest works of fiction and nonfiction. These novels are the best in their genre, with well-informed, inventive, and intellectual writing that piques the interest of the reader.

One of their work includes the illustration of George Orwell’s 1984 by Jonathan Burton, which has been introduced by Alan Rusbridger– who, in a masterwork of journalism, broke the Edward Snowden storey and stood up to real-life Big Brother by refusing to hand over Snowden’s data to the government.

The project won a gold medal at The Society of Illustrators in New York.

Brain Cuddle 1984

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me

Brain Cuddle 1984

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” 

George Orwell’s Work

Eric Arthur Blair was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic who wrote under the pen name George Orwel. His work is distinguished by concise style, scathing social criticism, forthright support for democratic socialism, and absolute hostility to authoritarianism.

Some of his great works include:

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