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1984-george-orwellLorem ipsumGeorge Orwell1949EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageDystopian1984Orwell warned againstgovernments like Soviet Russia,where enemies of the statewere dealt with harshly.Betrayal is encouraged by the Party, making friendship impossible.ThemesParty policies like Newspeakare designed to limit originalthinking and control behavior.Friendshipvs.BetrayalFree Thoughtvs.ControlPolitical Freedomvs.OppressionBorn Eric Arthur Blair in India, he worked in Burma (now Myanmar) and fought in Spain's Civil War, where he had experiences that led him to write about oppressive societies. He used the pen name George Orwell because it sounded English. His first commercial success was Animal Farm (1945).GEORGE ORWELL 1903–50AuthorSymbolsTelescreensTwo-way telescreens represent the continual surveillance and control by the Party.Big BrotherThe inaccessible face of the Party represents lack of concern for individuals.NewspeakRevisions in word meaning and reductions in the number of words represent the way the Party controls thought.Winston, Part 1, Chapter 3ho controls the past...controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. 1984by the NumbersModern Library Board's rankingof 1984 in its100 Best Novels13Metaphor Orwell uses to underscore false dogmas people are forcedto accept2+2=5Room number oftorture chamberwhere prisonersare exposed totheir worst fears101Main CharactersBig BrotherEmblem of the PartyThought PoliceParty branch that reports "thoughtcrimes"CharringtonAntique shop owner who encourages Winston's oppositionO’BrienMember of the ruling Inner Party whom Winston admiresWinston SmithSecret rebel against the PartyJuliaWinston's lover and fellow rebelOppressionIntrigueOppositionRomanceAfter the world has been ravaged by war, fearful citizens must pledge allegiance to a paranoid regime that keeps them ignorant through misinformation. Considered a novel of political prophecy, with the rise of technology and an increasingly divided and partisan media, 1984 may be more relevant today than when it was initially published.Big Brother isWatching YouOVERVIEWMisinforms and revises historyMinistry of TruthTortures, creates fear, and brainwashesMinistry of LovePerpetuates scarcity and famineMinistry of PlentyMaintains a state of war, turmoil, and violenceMinistry of PeaceSources: The Guardian, Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature,Modernlibrary.comCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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