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solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife?” (70). This shows how one was not allowed to even have time to themselves or conduct a life of their own. This is just more proof on how beautifully Orwell has got his message across. Some of the material proposed in his novel is not too far-fetched from what is already in place in today?s society. The almost scary prediction of the future only adds to the point Orwell was trying to accomplish in the first place. This book makes you think about whether this type of scenario has a possibility of becoming reality. The way the government is controlling every move you make both in your private and public lives. As well as the fact that they can look in on you at

any point of the day and can see what you are doing and hear what you are saying. Technology right now has the capability of doing all of these things. Cameras and microphones so small they are virtually invisible and are almost impossible to detect. The only reason our society is unlike that of the one depicted in the book is because we the people still value our private lives and are unwilling to allow the government or anyone to take that away from us. As soon as we let a ?Big Brother? watch every move that we make and control every thought that we think, we as a society are no longer people; we are just pons for the government to move and play with in any way that they wish. It is human nature to want to know everything all the time, but this is just a little extreme. This

book is relatively easy to follow and is a fun read. However, sometimes it does use a higher level vocabulary that some elementary and young secondary students may have trouble with. The use of Newspeak here and there may throw off some readers but it should not hinder your enjoyment too much. If you are interested in futuristic novels that are not too far off from what is actually happening today, I would highly recommend this book to you.