This essay was written about George Orwell's novel 1984. It has a small biography, a synopsis, theme, structural feature, literary merit, and 3 references

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1. Biography

George Orwell is the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, a British

writer with political conscience. He was born in India but

educated in England at Eton College. He served the Indian

Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 to 1927. In sick health, he

returned to Europe to live in poverty as a struggling writer.

Orwell joined the Republican forces in the Spanish civil war, and

wrote a chilling account of this experience. He went on to write

many books, mostly autobiographical, and achieved successes as a

brilliant writer.

2. Synopsis

The novel takes place in a theoretical and fictional dystopian

totalitarian society. The story begins in London on April 4, 1984

after an atomic world war divides the world into three states.

London is the capital of Oceania which is run by INGSOC(English

Socialism). The controllers are called "The Party." The Party is

divided into two sections, The Inner Party, and The Outer Party

which are the "Rich" and the "middle-class."

There is a third

group of people called "The Proles," or "The Proletariat" which

are the poor, and considered to be animals by the party. The main

leader of this government is Big Brother. The novel is told in

third person and partly first person, and is also divided into

three parts. In the first part the main character and his

conflicts with the world he lives in are revealed. Winston Smith

is a bureaucrat who works for the government by altering history

at the Ministry of Truth. He begins to ponder the reason things

are so bad and commits a terrible crime. In the second part, he

falls in love with Julia, and is taken in by a man named O'Brien,

a member of the anti-party society called the Brotherhood. O'Brien

turns out...