ISU Journal for "1984" by George Orwell

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Summary:AuthorGeorge Orwell the author of the book Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) was born in Motihari, India in 1903. Orwell’s real name was Eric Arthur Blair, but used the name George Orwell when he was behind the pen. Though Orwell was born in India he was a British individual. Throughout his life he experienced several events which gave him ideas for the book Nineteen Eighty- Four. At the age of one Orwell’s mother brought him to England. His parents did not have enough money to send Orwell to university so Orwell decided to join the Indian Imperial Police. After several years Orwell came to hate imperialism and when he returned to England he decided to become a writer. Growing up Orwell experienced the Spanish civil war and World War II.

Orwell was inspired to write the novel 1984 due to the amount of communism he experienced throughout his life. Orwell’s goal of the novel 1984 was to show the readers what the world was coming to.

Unfortunately Orwell died in 1950 just two years after he wrote 1984 at the age of 46. The eight other novels that Orwell wrote are Down and Out in Paris and London, Burmese Days, A Clergyman’s Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, Coming Up for Air, and Animal Farm.

SettingNineteen Eight-Four takes place in London England, which is also known as “Airstrip One” in the novel. The year that the novel takes place is not known but the protagonist Winston believes that it may be the year of 1984. The novel is set in an atmosphere controlled by the party. Everywhere Winston turns he see picture of “Big Brother” watching him. No one is really sure whether there really is such a person but that is what Winston...