1984- BY: George Orwell
Slide Two- Plot Summary 1
The novel is set in 1984 in Oceania, a superstate composed of America and the British Isles. They are constantly at war with one of the two other superstates Eurasia and Eastasia. All three of these superstates are controlled by a political party known as "Big Brother". Most of society accepts this government without question. The party has telescreens everywhere and thought police to spy and monitor the actions of citizens to make sure they don't do anything against Big Brother. The party also creates a new language called newspeak and changes historical documents to make history seem like anything they wish. The novel is basically anti-utopian and anti-totalitarian. It represents a government such as the Soviet Union under Stalin.
Slide Three- Plot Summary 2
Winston Smith, the main character and speaker of the book, however, questions this government and looks to overthrow it.
He eventually joins a group known as the Brotherhood, a revolutionary group where he never sees the other members. The group is ran by a man named Goldstein (representing Trotsky), who is fiercely hated by the party. He also meets Julia, a girl that he falls in love with. But, since marriage and relationships in Oceania are directed by the party, any form of love is strictly forbidden between citizens. He begins to try to meet Julia without being caught by the party. Julia also becomes part of the Brotherhood. The rest of the plot is about them trying to keep their relationship from Big Brother and their membership in the Brotherhood.
Slide Three- Themes
A major theme of the novel is that totalitarian governments corrupt absolutely and that utopian societies are not realistically possible. Another theme is that love overcomes loneliness and...