1984: Some Prophecies Have Come True



In many ways 1984 by George Orwell, was ahead of its time--- ironically,
it parallels present day society in the U.S. in many ways. Yet at the same time,
the novel falls short---certain prophecies have yet to come true.
The story 1984 predicted many truths about present day society, truths
such as illegal prostitution, brainwashing, and personal identification were
predictions expressed in the book that have come true today. In the story,
prostitution was illegal and in present day society it is very much illegal.
Within the novel, during newspeak, thought criminals spoke about the crimes they
committed. The most popular crime was engaging in sexual activities with a
prostitute. Now we ...

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in the book might be a little exaggerated but it is
still the same concept.
Yet another example is how people are tagged with numbers. People today
are identified by a social security number same as in 1984. Many of Orwells
predictions became true but many didn't.
Despite the truths, there were many untruths prevalent in 1984. Many
concepts expressed in the book such as banned sex, thought police, food
shortages from the past were all predictions that never became true. Orwell made
the prediction that sex would be illegal in the year 1984. In the story Winston
and Julia were caught having sex and Winston was tortured almost to death. A lot
of criminals expressed in newspeak that a reason for them being convicted was
for sex related charges. Today sex is legal (thank God) and although it might
not be the most safe thing, it is still a very big part of society today.
Another stagnant prophecy was that Orwell predicted that there would be
thought ...

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