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8, 1949 Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction Historical information about the setting of the novel: 1984 takes place in Airstip One (previously London, England) in the country of Oceania. This setting is among a dystopian future in the year 1984. In this alternate future, Big Brother rules dictatorially over Oceania and sets forth rules and laws that always make him just and right. During this time Oceania is at war with Eastasia and Eurasia, the two other superpower countries of the world. Works Cited for ALL sources:
Page 1 Biographical information about the author: George Orwell is the pen name of Eric Blair, the author of political science allegories like Animal Farm and 1984.
Plot Summary: This is the story of Winston Smith, a government worker in dystopian socialist Oceania in 1984. Winston is a thoughtcriminal, as the government calls them because of his disbelief in how Big Brother, the leader, runs the world. Winston and his rebellious thoughts lead to the illegal action of having sex with Julia, another rebel. After their affair, an illegal action, they are turned in by a friend of Winston's and are condemned and broken down by O'Brien a chief thought policeman. Winston is eventually broken down and turned into a “good” citizen of Oceania.
His lack of flourish and pampering greatly illustrates the type of monotonous. Winston writes in his diary that as long as Big Brother controls and changes information and facts from the past history. except Winston's. realistic. This propaganda technique of the government shows exactly how powerful they are. If there was hope. Charrington. Memorable Quotes Quote (minimum of five) He loved Big Brother. . gray life a person in future 1984 Oceania lives. Major Works Data Sheet Characters Page 3 Name Winston Smith Role in the story Winston is the 39 year old Significance Winston feels like a loner in Oceania because of his hatred Adjectives He is intellectual. Significance Winston has finally been converted to a follower of Big Brother and is now an upstanding citizen. This nonsensical slogan is what is burnt into everyone's minds. imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever. leading to his capture. and extremely curious. WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH Who controls the past controls the future. If you want a picture of the future. Who controls the present controls the past. in lie in the proles.Major Works Data Sheet Describe the author’s style: Orwell writes in a very direct and dull manner. Page 2 An example that demonstrates the style: He loved Big Brother. Winston's hope toward a bright future leads him to the prole district where he rents an apartment and takes interest in Mr. inquisitive. O'Brien's vivid quote about the near future for Winston was used in the breaking down and converting of Winston. the future remains the same.
leading to their capture. although seems like an upstanding citizen. Mr. A undercover Thought Policeman who runs a shop in the prole district. Charrington . Julia is Winston's companion and lover. Julia is a young. dark-haired girl of 29 who. Although sincere and encouraging to Winston at first. Mr. She shows a contrast between Winston's long-term rebellion goals against Big Brother compared to her short-term ones. feelings toward Big Brother. Charrington is nostalgic and interesting as well as conniving and greedy. Winston exemplifies a revolt or revolution against government. greatly enjoys sex and rebellion. Charrington turns Winston and Julia in.Julia protagonist and the point of view from which the story is told. Mr.
Orwell relates the future dystopia to that of dictator-ruled Russia during the 1940s. Significance of the ending/closing scene Symbols The most prominent symbols of 1984 are that of Big Brother and Goldstein. These thoughts and his newfound love for Big Brother show that he has finally been converted to a good. he creates this world in which everything and everybody is controlled by the government. In doing so. Throughout the work Orwell weaves this story about the life under totalitarian rule in the very near future. while Goldstein represents what is bad and truly evil in the world.Significant Literary Devices Allegories. the protagonist. The story wastes no time in revealing the plot and Winston's true feelings about Big Brother as it describes his illegal act of writing in a diary. In illustrating this leeway to which the government has control. the government exemplifies how “good” Big Brother actually is. Orwell creates an eerie aura around the government-watched world we live in. Orwell is not dependent on remedial ways of directly saying what happened. an act he does throughout the novel and leads him into his capture. ironic to his totalitarian nature. In doing so. metaphors. Significance of the opening scene The opening scene of 1984 reveals a small amount about Winston Smith. Orwell brilliantly gives the background as to what has happened in Oceania by using “The Book” to explain the world's history. Also. The other . similar to that of the novel's respective time period except to an extent that creates fear and skepticism in the reader. and flashbacks are prominent devices used in 1984. but merely propaganda to the truly oligarchical government. sound citizen of Oceania. At the forefront of these themes is that of complete and utter totalitarianism. In doing so. By relating what has happened in his future world to what is starting to happen in Russia. Orwell notifies the audience that this is the future we could be living in if all power resided in the political authorities. and the world he lives in. A common thought among critics and readers is the possibility that Big Brother and Goldstein are not real people at all. He realizes his sexual affair with Julia is repulsive and that “2+2=5”. Big Brother represents all that is just and good. Winston sits and thinks about his life now compared to that of before his capture. Possible Themes 1984 has a wide range of themes and elements that make it the greatly influential novel that it is. Winston has committed thoughtcrime. Goldstein is used as a symbol in the novel for the Two Minutes Hate in which his revolutionary motives are frowned upon by the government and the community. By using Goldstein.
Summer reading assignments are due on the first day of school. sources are cited within the student responses. punctuation and usage Responses are neat and easy to read Works Cited info is completed. 2010. .English 12 AP Summer Reading Rubric Charts are complete Charts show evidence of careful reading and thinking Chosen quotes include page numbers and are significant for each novel Major characters and their motivations are well understood Information on the chart is accurate for each novel Insights about each novel are well supported with evidence Summaries are concise and accurate Responses are well written with accurate word choice. August 25. sentence fluency. Total points earned: Total possible points: 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 23 4 5 60 *Summer Reading grade is equal to the total points earned divided by the total possible points. **This will count as 20% of the student’s first six weeks’ grade. and organization Responses are written in complete sentences Responses use proper spelling.