I first read this masterpiece in my youth,some 35 years ago.I was taken aback by its strength,its brilliance and its depth.Yet I never suspected then that it was much more than brilliant literature.That it was a crystal ball,a time machine,a window into the future.
Disregard the names,the place,the system-all the ornaments necessary to build a story.Focus into the essence of it.Which is as simple,as it is frightening.What Orwell (born Eric Arthur Blair)tells us is crystal clear.The concentration of all power into the hands of one(class,person,party,cast,group,company,...whatever)is the cradle of all horrors.And the only goal of those who possess absolute power is to maintain their power position at all costs-to others.And that they will use absolutely every method conceivable to achieve this.
Read every chilling line.False is true.Ignorance is strength.And so on.Try to fully comprehend the total reversal of reality in meanings and words.The ministry of propaganda ,whose job is to feed -non stop-lies to the people is named Ministry of Truth ! No need to say more.
There are three social classes.Those who have evrything.Those who have very little ,but being afraid of losing it they support the first class.And those who have nothing at all,and,therefore,nothing to lose but their lives.
Try to grasp the true meaning of war.Not a means to destroy the "enemy"(as there is not,really, such thing,because you need an"enemy"more than anything else),but an instrument to exert total control over your own people,your own citizens,who constitute the only true threat against your power and authority.
Use fear in every form possible to control them.And,more important than anything else,control their minds.Even if they are to be executed dissidents must,first,be converted into acolytes.Then they can be killed.
And when you finish the book,look around you .And think.Long and hard.