This is a novel is on totalitarianism and its effect on the thinking mind. The text serves not so much as a prediction of the year 1984, but rather as an artful attempt to prevent a world in which 2+2=5. Facts to many are taken for granted. But in a totalitarian society facts are constantly in flux, always contradicting individual common sense, and always in the possession of the State. This novel explores the philosophical, psychological, and emotional destruction such a State can have on its subjects. Orwell uses prose that cuts to the point and is quick to produce vivid pictures without the need of superfluous, unnecessary language. His understanding of the USSR and Nazi Germany of his time as a journalist and soldier give him the intellectual and emotional authority to depict the world of 1984.