The Parable of Anticulture: George Orwell — 1984

  • Hervé Carrier


There have been many keys to the reading of 1984—whether literary, historical, political, ideological, philosophical, ethical, or psychoanalytical. Orwell himself was dismayed by the arguments between literary critics. How could his novel be seen, at the same time, as an indictment of degenerate capitalism, an anticommunist lampoon, a diatribe against the Labour Party, an unconscious revolt against a form of education, or even an attack on the BBC in London, where Orwell worked for several years in Office 101—precisely the number of the notorious Room 101 in the Ministry of Love in his novel. Other critics, seeing the novel as a brilliant exercise in prophecy, counted on scrutiny, 132 predictions made by Orwell in 1948, of which 120 are alleged, in 1984, to have come true.


Literary Critic Labour Party Religious Fervor Impending Threat Venerated Tradition 
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© The Council of Europe 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hervé Carrier
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  1. 1.Pontificium Consilium pro CulturaThe Holy SeeUK

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