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What game could you relate the novel 1984 by George Orwell to?

What game could you relate the novel 1984 by George Orwell to? Topic: The sisters cafe
June 17, 2019 / By Codie
Question: I was thinking maybe chess or poker but I dont really know the details of those games. Can you think of any game?
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Antony Antony | 5 days ago
In the final scene of 1984 Winston Smith is playing chess (actually he is studying a chess problem with the help of chess board) in a cafe. At the same time as he is trying to solve the chess problem, the telescreen broadcasts the news of the great victory that Oceania has achieved in the war against Eurasia - a mark of the genius of Big Brother that has Smith celebrating along with everyone else. Obviously Smith sees a parallel between the (reported) strategic masterstroke in the war and checkmate in the chess puzzle. Here is the final chapter in the cafe: http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/22.htm... Clearly there is some sort of symbolism going on here. The White Knight (the chess piece that is needed to solve the chess problem) evidently represents Big Brother. Smith says to himself: "White always mates, he thought with a sort of cloudy mysticism. Always, without exception, it is so arranged. In no chess problem since the beginning of the world has black ever won. Did it not symbolize the eternal, unvarying triumph of Good over Evil? The huge face gazed back at him, full of calm power. White always mates." In other words Big Brother and the Party are always right - even though Smith doesn't always understand how. That is the point about the chess problem - there IS always a logical solution, even when Smith doesn't see it. But curiously there is another game also mentioned in the final few paragraphs of "1984". Can you guess what the game is? Snakes and Ladders! Smith daydreams about playing it with his sister as a child. But Orwell writes: "He pushed the picture out of his mind. It was a false memory." Evidently Snakes and Ladders is supposed to be a kind of antithesis to chess - a game of blind luck and sudden reversals of fortune and unpredictibility. I suppose it represents the complex real world as opposed to the perfectly ordered fantasy world that Smith has been brainwashed into believing.
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Antony Originally Answered: Critical response for George Orwell's 1984?
The problem with dystopias is, they're one big reductio ad absurdum. They take a legitimate concern with society, like 'hmmm, the government sometimes lies and suppresses dissent, and surveillance is getting very popular'. They assume the trend is going to continue for longer than any normal trend would continue, with no significant opposing forces. They assume a majority of the population has somehow forgotten the values with which it was raised and become completely stupid. They assume enough charismatic, ambitious, hard-working sociopaths are lying around to create and lead a drastically different society, and that the corps of sociopaths has somehow put off its in-fighting for long enough to get anything done. And then they try to point to their highly improbably world and say 'this is where we're inevitably headed'. They're entertaining, but you can't take them too seriously.
Antony Originally Answered: Critical response for George Orwell's 1984?
The tourist by ability of John Twelve Hawks (pen call). in this very speedy-paced and extreme-tech secret, super Brother is termed The Brethren, which I take to be a nod to Orwell. those 2 authors have/had comparable concerns related to surveillance and society.

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Treasure Originally Answered: In the book 1984 by George Orwell what was the purpose of him showing that.?
Orwell, having had dealing with Communists in the Spanish Civil war, and having seen the Nazi propaganda in the second world war, knew the power of authoritarian government. His book was meant to be a warning and not a "fell good" story. If you ever decide to get a real education, look up the other books Orwell wrote. Besides "Animal Farm" that is.

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