Cultural perspective

Popular culture

Nineteen Eighty-Four is considered a science-fiction classic and it is extremely well known all over the world. References to the book are therefore very common in popular culture, and countless other cultural phenomena have been inspired by it to some extent.

A particularly famous example is the reality television show “Big Brother”, which was directly inspired by Orwell’s nove…

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Textual perspective

Here you can find suggestions for other texts that deal with similar themes and may be useful to compare to Nineteen Eighty-Four. The most obvious choice may be comparison to other fictional texts, but depending on how you are working with the novel, it may also be relevant to bring up non-fiction works such as speeches, articles or interviews.

Fiction

Animal Farm

Animal Farm (1945) may be the most obvious point of comparison, as it was also written by George Orwell and deals with similar themes, even though they are presented in a very different way. Animal Farm is a fable about a group of animals who rebel against their human masters to form their own, free society. At first, the animals enjoy their newfound freedom, but slowly their society is turned into a dictatorship by corrupt leaders. Much like Nineteen Eighty-FourAnimal Farm shows how the power of state propaganda combin…

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Movie adaptations

Nineteen Eighty-Four has been adapted into a cinematic movie twice - in 1956 and in 1984. A third movie is also in the works, expected for release in 2019. In addition to these, there have also been a number of television, theatre and radio adaptations of the popular novel.

The 1…

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