how would you describe the autor's tone in 1984? Does it add to or detract from the character's discourse?


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Orwell’s tone in 1984 is relentlessly dark and pessimistic. I must say that it really works. Orwell's world is a dystopia where the human soul has been extinguished. Winston holds on to some fragments of memories but these are slowly fading. There is no individuality left in Oceania; it has literally and symbolically become a grey autocratic hell. The tone remains this way throughout the novel. Even in Winston's times of salvation with Julia, Orwell's diction is still cold and monochromatic. In a world where the party controls past, present and future, I would say that Orwell got the tone just right!