George Orwell's 1984?
In 1984, why is English Socialism associated with totalitarianism? Was this also happening in the real world (in the 1940s a.k.a. when Orwell was writing the novel)?
- Anonymous7 years agoFavorite Answer
"Ingsoc" ("English Socialism") is associated with totalitarianism because the author of the book wanted to portray a totalitarian government, and invented a sort of communist/fascist hybrid "party," which he called "Ingsoc," to portray it in his book.
And yes, "Ingsoc" borrows elements from both fascist and communist governments, both of which were in existence at the time he wrote the book (although some of the fascist governments had been destroyed at the end of WW2).