Book Report on 1984

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1984




Summary - 1984

The story begins with Winston, the main character, coming back to his apartment from his
job at the Ministry of Truth. Winstonıs job was to change recorded events, predictions
made by the Party, and documents to make then ³correct². In actuality his job was to
falsify history to whatever was in the Partyıs current best interest. Whatever the Party
said must always be correct and undisputable, there fore history was constantly being
rewritten by people like Winston. One of the Partyıs slogans was ³He who controls the
past, controls the future. He who controls the present, controls the past.²

Every word anyone said was heard by the inner Party, also, every motion anyone made could
be seen by the telescreens that were like two-way TVs. Anyone who showed any discontent or
disapproval towards the Party was seen or heard, and taken to Ministry of Love, which
concerned itself with law and order. No one knew what happened in the Ministry of Love,
but people who were taken there most often disappeared. Their very existence falsified by
the Ministry of Truth.

Winston hid his hate of the Party very well from the telescreens. He hated the party but
he knew there was nothing he could do. He had heard of an anti-Party organization called
the Brotherhood, but there was no way of knowing if it really existed. He didnıt know if
anyone felt the same way he did, but he was sure there must be.

The Party was reconstructing society as a whole, and no one seemed to notice. it was done
so systematically and effectively, it was hard to believe the world had ever been
otherwise. Children were raised to love Big Brother (the human face the Party took on).
They were taught to turn anyone in who showed signs of deviation from the Party, even
their own parents. they were born not knowing anything of the past, and without anyway of
finding out. Anything that was taught to them as true, was taken as the truth. Even a
whole new language had been in development, called Newspeak. Newspeak effectively limited
the amount of words to a bare minimum. The goal was to completely get rid of any words
that allowed for individual or original thought. Words such as Love, science, God, and
freedom (in the sense of political or intellectual freedom) were all nonexistent. People
had no way of expressing anything, because there were no words to do so with. That way,any
possible threat to the Party could be wiped out of existence.

The world had been divided into three large countries: Eurasia, Eastasia, and Oceania.
Oceania was the country in which Winston lived, and the Party controlled. The three
countries were constantly at war with one another. Oceania may be allies with Eastasia and
at war with Eurasia one month, and the exact opposite the next. But whoever Oceania was at
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