To Orwell Today,
Dear Ms. Jura,
I am a brazilian graduate student and my final assignment is indeed about Orwell's 1984 and the kind of message he sent through this amazing novel. I am finishing my course next month and also intend to take a postgraduate programm somewhere around the globe about history and english literature.
All I wish to say is that your work with the web site is motivating for me! I came across it today. Too bad I could not explore it correctly before concluding my work, though I am happy to say that I was able to catch the most important messages Mr. Orwell wished to send our society and all the ones that are yet to come. I am happy with my work and happy to realise that there are wonderful researchers like yourself, who devote their precious time to such an important project.
Mr. Orwell has been misundertood in so many ways, though I believe most people did not give him enough credit for nothing less than pure fear. Fear of admiting that 1984's world is our own. We look ourselves in the mirror everyday and clearly see what is in that amazing piece of art.
I am thankful for your site and thankful for having found out such a thinking mind still alive in this Oceanic World.
Thank you so much for letting me know you've discovered Orwell Today and that you are an admirer and student of George Orwell and his great work, "1984".
Your point about "fear" is so true because that is something "1984" truly does do, ie send shivers of pure fear down a person's spine at the thought of such a horrific world being mankind's future. Orwell used "fear" to awaken us in the hope that our natural survival instincts would kick in and we would awaken others with "fear" and together we would use the power of our "fear" to fight against evil.
All the best,