For the past few weeks I have been enveloped by the fascinating dystopia that is portrayed in the bokk 1984 by George Orwell. WHile this is the farthest thing from a feel-good read, the messages that Orwell is intending to get across are ones that leave me with some complicated questions. While reading I came across one line that caught my attention instantly and seemed to be the thesis of the entire book. It said, "If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable-what then?" (Orwell, 80).