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Winston Smith, the main character, works in London, at the Ministry of Truth. London is
a city in Airstrip One, a Province of Oceania. A government that goes by the name Big
Brother has taken over the world. The Party with Big Brother as its leader rules
Oceania, a state and one of the great powers of the world. Winston hates the life he lives
under the inflexible government and decides to write down his thoughts in a diary. This
is considered a crime in Oceania and Winston knows that. And he knows one day he will
be discovered by the Thought Police.
To keep the members of this party occupied, frequent two minute Hate Sessions are
held to accuse the enemies of the party such as Emmanuel Goldstein who questioned
party doctrines. Winston dreams of an pleasant country. A Golden country in
which any form of expression is considered all right. The party discourages love,
and makes any relationship with a party member impossible. Winston notices two
people, O’Brien a party leader, and a young girl by the name of Julia. Winston hates
Julia for being a part of The Party and yet he has an eye for her. She appears to be a
faithful party member devoted to purity and Winston suspects that she may also be a
member of the Thought Police.

Winston shares his doubts about The Party with O’Brien even though he realized
that this may be very dangerous. The Parsons’ are Winstons neighbors. The Parson
children are members of the Spies, a party organization and Mr. Parson a
fellow employee is a dedicated party member who stupidly and blindly follows the party’s
doctrine. Winston works at the Ministry of Truth. His assignment is the rewriting and
falsification of history so that it makes the party look better.
Winston encounters Julia at work. She stumbles and when Winston tries to help
her she slips him a paper with I love you written on it. They have several encounters
and finally manage to meet in privacy. Julia turns out to be a corrupt girl. They begin
living together. Winston and Julia visit O’Brien and join the secret rebel Brotherhood.
Except for the requirement to never see each other, they accept all terms of membership.
Before long the fear that Winston had lived with for so long became a reality and the
Thought Police shows up at their house. The separate Winston and Julia. Winston is
being held prisoner at the Ministry of Love. He finds out that O’Brien has deceived him.

Winston is tortured by O’Brien in the infamous room 101 until he confesses to many
crimes he never committed. He is also being brain-washed so that he conforms to the
party doctrine. The ultimate torture is the use of rats that are caged and strapped over his
face to be released at any time. Winston had often dreamt of his mother and sister who
were eaten by rats.
Once the Party is convinced that Winston is totally rehabilitated, he is set free. He
begins drinking heavily. Nearing the end of the story, we are not quite sure whether
Winston has been brain-washed or not. Is he just pretending to have been completely
cured by the Party or is he afraid to once again think of his thoughts of freedom?
I believe George Orwell leaves the interpretation up to the reader. 1984 is a
frightening novel. It gives the reader an a look into what might become of our world. It
lets us look at an ugly society where family and personal values are destroyed and
replaced by loyalty to Big Brother.
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Winston oppression and rigid control of the

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Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the Party watches him through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people’s history and language. Currently, the Party is forcing the implementation of an invented language called Newspeak, which attempts to prevent political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal. Such thoughtcrime is, in fact, the worst of all crimes.

As the novel opens, Winston feels frustrated by the oppression and rigid control of the Party, which prohibits free thought, sex, and any expression of individuality. Winston dislikes the party and has illegally purchased a diary in which to write his criminal thoughts. He has also become fixated on a powerful Party member named O’Brien, whom Winston believes is a secret member of the Brotherhoodthe mysterious, legendary group that works to overthrow the Party.

Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, where he alters historical records to fit the needs of the Party. He notices a coworker, a beautiful dark-haired girl, staring at him, and worries that she is an informant who will turn him in for his thoughtcrime. He is troubled by the Party’s control of history: the Party claims that Oceania has always been allied with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia, but Winston seems to recall a time when this was not true. The Party also claims that Emmanuel Goldstein, the alleged leader of the Brotherhood, is the most dangerous man alive, but this does not seem plausible to Winston. Winston spends his evenings wandering through the poorest neighborhoods in London, where the proletarians, or proles, live squalid lives, relatively free of Party monitoring.

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One day, Winston receives a note from the dark-haired girl that reads “I love you.” She tells him her name, Julia, and they begin a covert affair, always on the lookout for signs of Party monitoring. Eventually they rent a room above the secondhand store in the prole district where Winston bought the diary. This relationship lasts for some time. Winston is sure that they will be caught and punished sooner or later (the fatalistic Winston knows that he has been doomed since he wrote his first diary entry), while Julia is more pragmatic and optimistic. As Winston’s affair with Julia progresses, his hatred for the Party grows more and more intense. At last, he receives the message that he has been waiting for: O’Brien wants to see him.

Winston and Julia travel to O’Brien’s luxurious apartment. As a member of the powerful Inner Party (Winston belongs to the Outer Party), O’Brien leads a life of luxury that Winston can only imagine. O’Brien confirms to Winston and Julia that, like them, he hates the Party, and says that he works against it as a member of the Brotherhood. He indoctrinates Winston and Julia into the Brotherhood, and gives Winston a copy of Emmanuel Goldstein’s book, the manifesto of the Brotherhood. Winston reads the bookan amalgam of several forms of class-based twentieth-century social theoryto Julia in the room above the store. Suddenly, soldiers barge in and seize them. Mr. Charrington, the proprietor of the store, is revealed as having been a member of the Thought Police all along.

Torn away from Julia and taken to a place called the Ministry of Love, Winston finds that O’Brien, too, is a Party spy who simply pretended to be a member of the Brotherhood in order to trap Winston into committing an open act of rebellion against the Party. O’Brien spends months torturing and brainwashing Winston, who struggles to resist. At last, O’Brien sends him to the dreaded Room 101, the final destination for anyone who opposes the Party. Here, O’Brien tells Winston that he will be forced to confront his worst fear. Throughout the novel, Winston has had recurring nightmares about rats; O’Brien now straps a cage full of rats onto Winston’s head and prepares to allow the rats to eat his face. Winston snaps, pleading with O’Brien to do it to Julia, not to him.

Giving up Julia is what O’Brien wanted from Winston all along. His spirit broken, Winston is released to the outside world. He meets Julia, but no longer feels anything for her. He has accepted the Party entirely and has learned to love Big Brother.


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