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1984 - George Owell
Transcript of 1984 - George Owell
Presented to : English class
Date created : Monday 10/08 Talking about... - Author
- Meaning of the book - George's Orwell real name is Eric Arthur Blair (identity hidden)
- Born in Motihari, Bihar, India on 25 June 1903 - 21 January 1950 (46 years)
- Professional English journalist, novelist and a political writer - studied at Eton College
- Known for his clarity, intelligence and wit Author ... Recommendation Winston Smith - The 39 year old protagonist (main character) of 1984. He's a fatalist and a member of the Outer Party Characters Julia - Winston's secret lover Mr. Charrington - Member of the thought police and owns an antique store and set up a trap for O'Brien (rents room for Julia and Winston) Big Brother - Throughout the novel, everywhere Winston looks he sees posters of Big Brother with the following message : ''BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU''. Mostly haunts Winston's life O'Brian - Destroys Winston by setting up a trap over the course of 7 years Basically, the book represents George Orwell's view on what would happen to the world if it would be controlled by totalitarianism. It's basically a nightmare.
The book does not live the normal life we live today - instead of countries and continents, they are three big regions (Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia). All of which
they are at war. Throughout the book, you see Winston's consideration with the Thought Police. Even with the
distraction of the Big Brother figure he sees everywhere he looks. He also thinks that with the Party controls, there
is no such thing as truth. It is mostly a story about war, about the government and public brainwashing (seeing Winston's
desperate to get the population "thinking". Summary Totalitarianism - Basically, the whole point of the book is Winston trying to let the people (whole world) know what can happen when the governments are giving too much power. He wants to show the population what method they use to keep the people on their side (brainwashed), not his, and to prove they have no developing skills . Themes George Orwell uses this meaning to state the obvious false. It symbolizes how the Party has changed people completely. They've trained (brainwashed) society to automatically accept any official statement as true - meaning that whatever the government says, they will believe it. 2 + 2 = 5 ? To conclude, this book is recommended to people who likes political stuff and war. This also goes to the ones who likes books that focuses more on one person - the main character itself. This book is 100% about Winston Smith. He makes the story - it's all in his head. Lastly, it is also a book that makes you think a lot.