Everyone here probably knows 1984, the classic novel by George Orwell. Everyone also knows how one of its themes are how impossible it is to tear down authoritarian government of Oceania. But what a lot of people including myself miss is the appendix. It talks about the newspeak language and how it’s used to limit conversation and block even thoughts of freedom. But there’s a curious line in it that states

It was expected that Newspeak would have finally superseded Oldspeak (or Standard English, as we should call it) by about the year 2050.

Now, this doesn’t seem like much but there’s two major things in here that add a whole new theme to the book. First, the word expected, this means something happened that prevented Newspeak from being adopted and that this is written after 2050. Second, the entire appendix is written in standard English. This means that the Oceania did collapse and that this nameless historian is telling us about its systems of government. This changes everything about the themes from “the hopelessness of living in a dystopian future” to “No matter what, these types of government don’t survive” and “the hunger for freedom shall prevail over all tyranny.” Even if Winston couldn’t see it and will be just a number in a statistic, that eventually, freedom prevails. I don’t know if I’m right or wrong, but that’s my analysis of it. Do you see it any differently?

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