1984 by George Orwell

1984

1984 By George Orwell

Originally Published: 1949

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1984 by George Orwell is a classic tale of science fiction, which is still read world-wide.

It shows the future world as being broken down into 3 mega states.  Oceania (where our story takes place), Eurasia, and Eastasia.  They are constantly at war with one and friends with the other  (but this is subject to change, and it does so on a regular basis).  People are separated into 3 groups – Inner party (the elite), Outer party (middle-class) and Proletariats (the uneducated lower class workers). The government have 4 layers – Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love, Ministry of Plenty and Ministry of Truth.  Big Brother rules them all.

Our hero, Winston Smith, is in charge of re-writing history.  Every time Big Brother decides we are at war with a different state, Winston must go through all history and make sure it says we were ALWAYS at war with that state.  If the government kills someone, Smith must go back and make sure to erase any mention of that person so that he never existed.  But Winston is not as passionate as they think.  Secretly he is writing a journal of his own.  If he is discovered on the telescreen (which sees all) or even by a neighbour’s child (who are trained to turn in their own parents), Winston will be killed.  

When he meets and starts an affair with Julia who is like-minded, things get scary.  They are both captured.  Winston is threatened with “Room 101” if he does not betray Julia.

In 1949, Orwell created stunning novel showing what could happen if governments were allowed to run everything.  Now that hasn’t happened.  Yet we all know Big Brother is watching!

 

Favorite Quotes from 1984:

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”

“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”

“Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me:
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree.”

 

Re-Read: 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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