1984 Personal Reading Inventory
Author: George Orwell
Type of Plot: utopian/dystopia
Setting: London, England in Oceania in the year 1984.
Characters: Winston Smith (protagonist), Julia, O’Brien, Big Brother, Mr.
Charrington, Syme, Parsons, Emanuel Goldstein.
Summary: Winston Smith was a low ranking party member in London,
Oceania, who opposed the Party's rules. The Party had been watching him for
seven years through a telescreen. Its leader, big brother, the Party controlled
the history and language of Oceania by rewriting the content of newspapers,
histories, and Introducing a new language, Newspeak. This prevented
political rebellion by eliminating rebellious words. A Party member, Syme,
had been working on a new edition of the Newspeak dictionary. Winston
bought a diary in which he wrote his criminal thoughts and opposition to the
party. He felt intimacy towards the Party member, O’Brien, whom he felt was
a secret member of the Brotherhood, which was a group he worked to
overthrow the Party. On the other hand he notices a beautiful, dark haired
coworker staring at him, whom he believes was a Thought Police. Everyday
there was a Two Minutes Hate Period during which the individuals expressed
their anger towards Emanuel Goldstein, the alleged leader of the Brotherhood.
One day Winston received a note from the dark-haired girl, Julia, reading "I