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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four

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This is a 1984 study guide for the book 1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) written by George Orwell . Nineteen Eighty-Four (first published in 1949) by George Orwell is a dystopian novel about Oceania, a society ruled by the oligarchical dictatorship of the Party Life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant publicmind control, accomplished with a political system euphemistically named English Socialism(Ingsoc), which is administrated by a privileged Inner Party elite. Yet they too are subordinated to the totalitarian cult of personality of Big Brother, the deified Party leader who rules with a philosophy that decries individuality and reason as thoughtcrimes; thus the people of Oceania are subordinated to a supposed collective greater good. The protagonist, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party who works for the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda andhistorical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record is congruent with the current party ideology. Because of the childhood trauma of the destruction of his family — the disappearances of his parents and sister — Winston Smith secretly hates the Party, and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.

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Author: George Orwell Published: May 1990 268 Pages ISBN #: 0451524934
24 Chapters
 
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