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Lorem ipsum George Orwell 1949 English Novel Author Year Published Original Language Dystopian 1984 Orwell warned againstgovernments like Soviet Russia,where enemies of the statewere dealt with harshly. Betrayal is encouraged by the Party, making friendship impossible. Themes Party policies like Newspeakare designed to limit originalthinking and control behavior. Friendshipvs.Betrayal Free Thoughtvs.Control Political Freedomvs.Oppression Born 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 1903–50 Author Symbols TelescreensTwo-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 3 ho controls the past...controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. 1984by the Numbers Modern Library Board's rankingof 1984 in its100 Best Novels 13 Metaphor Orwell uses to underscore false dogmas people are forcedto accept 2+2=5 Room number oftorture chamberwhere prisonersare exposed totheir worst fears 101 Main Characters Big BrotherEmblem of the Party Thought PoliceParty branch that reports "thoughtcrimes" CharringtonAntique shop owner who encourages Winston's opposition O’BrienMember of the ruling Inner Party whom Winston admires Winston SmithSecret rebel against the Party JuliaWinston's lover and fellow rebel Oppression Intrigue Opposition Romance After 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 Big Brother is Watching You OVERVIEW Misinforms and revises history Ministry of Truth Tortures, creates fear, and brainwashes Ministry of Love Perpetuates scarcity and famine Ministry of Plenty Maintains a state of war, turmoil, and violence Ministry of Peace Sources: The Guardian, Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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