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literary analysis of 1984

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literary analysis of 1984
Point of View/Perspective:
Personal Recommendation
Winston Smith-A middle aged man, who seems as if he is an average, nearly boring protagonist.
Though he may appear boring, Orwell intended to illustrate him in that way, in order for the reader to relate to him better, and for his purpose to be demonstrated more effectively.
Title:
The significance of the title is basically self explanatory, as Orwell writes in 1949 about the future, specifically 1984.
Title serves as a literal representation of what he will be discussing in his novel, without giving much insight into the actual plot or ideas expressed in the novel.
Title is only talked about in the book in Winston's diary entries.
Protagonist
Form, Structure, and Plot:
Theme:
In 1984, there lie many themes, but the major themes are: control of mind and body, the danger of totalitarianism, and propaganda's way of manipulating the mind.
1984: Background
Book was written in 1949
One of the most intense and powerful warnings against a totalitarian society.
Unlike a utopian novel, 1984 is a distopian, or negative utopian novel.
George Orwell lived in Spain, Germany, and the Soviet Union-had experience seeing complete political control.
Divided into 3 sections, with 8 to 10 chapters in each
The first section discusses the life around the characters, and the dictatorship and oppression that the characters deal with.
The second discusses the characters, and the issues that they deal with from their perspective. Julia, and Winston are attracted to each other, which is majorly frowned upon in their dystopian environment.
The third section deals with Winston, and the tortures of Big Brother and the Thought Police that they put on him.
Orwell writes in the third person, limited omniscient point of view
Writes from the perspective of an onlooker on Winston Smith's life.
Setting:
Orwell places his story in a dystopian society,or a place where
life is the worst situation imaginable, governed by a totalitarian system.
The living conditions were poor in the near future Oceania, or London, where the story is placed.
"the plaster flaked constantly from ceilings and walls, the pipes burst in every hard frost, the roof leaked whenever there was snow, the heating system was usually running at half stream."
Works Cited:
Dean, Mike, and George Orwell. 1984. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2003. Print.

I recommend 1984 for the AP Curriculum, based on the intellectual merit of learning more about government, and multiple uses of foreshadowing, imagery in setting, and embedding themes inside one another.

It not only illustrates literary intellect and skill used by George Orwell, but also demonstrates history and governmental knowledge that could be extremely useful in not only the AP courses, but also in everyday life.

1984 demonstrates an aesthetic appeal through the use of skillful writing, but also historical, and literary interest for multiple types of readers.
"He had set his features into the expression of quiet optimism which it was advisable to wear when facing the telescreen."
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