Australian Left Review

Article Title

The Politics of Despair


George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was written during a period of anticommunist hysteria and is a highly sophisticated attempt to influence the political attitudes of its readers. In this article, Raymond Southall examines the devices which Orwell used to achieve his political purpose through the fictional literary form.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.