comparison book - film 1984

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Dennis Deruyter


Miss Rosiers - English: literature and culture

Plot of the book "1984"

It's the year 1984. Winston Smith lives in London which is part of the country Oceania. The world is divided into three countries that include the entire globe: Oceania (and its government called Ingsoc), Eurasia (and its culture of death worship), and Eastasia (and its neo-bolshevism form of society). In this world, Oceania is a totalitarian society led by the terrible dictator Big Brother.

In the society described in George Orwell's book, everyone is under complete surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens. The people are constantly reminded of this by the phrase "Big Brother is watching you", which is the core "truth" of the propaganda system in this state. Big Brother censors everyone's behaviour, even their thoughts.

Winston is disgusted with his oppressed life and secretly longs to join the fabled Brotherhood, a supposed group of underground rebels who intend on overthrowing the government.

One day Winston accidentally meets Julia and they secretly fall in love and have an affair. But having an affair in this regime is considered a crime.

One day, while walking home, Winston encounters O'Brien, an inner party member, who gives Winston his address. Winston had exchanged glances with O'Brien before and had dreams about him giving him the impression that O'Brien was a member of the Brotherhood. Since Julia hates the party as much as Winston does, they go to O'Brien's house together where they are introduced into the Brotherhood. O'Brien is actually a faithful member of the Inner-Party and this is actually a trap for Winston, a trap that O'Brien has been cleverly setting up for seven years. Winston and Julia are sent to the Ministry of Love which is a sort of rehabilitation centre for criminals...