1984 Plot Points

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1984 Plot Points

1984 is about a middle aged man named Winston attempting to survive in a society that doesn’t allow opinions. Big Brother, who is the figurehead of the government, called the party, controls the lives of all people in the society. The kids are raised to have no emotional connection with anybody and only love Big Brother, and everybody is forced to also love Big Brother only. Winston meets Julia, who is also against Big Brother, and they sneak around with each other, where they form a bond. They’re caught and forced to endure torture until they love Big Brother and nothing else.

Overview of Points

1) Big Brother2) 2 Min. Hate3Beautiful Things4)Constant Surveillance5) Brotherhood6) Winston and O'Brien's Relationship7) Changing Winston

Big Brother is the figurehead of the government, named the party and he is an iconic figure who everybody is forced to think like and love. He is not an actual man, rather an everlasting face of the party. BIg Brother doesn’t exist but he will never die. He represents the party; he is the party. The government uses Big Brother as both a provider and an influence for the people and without BIg Brother, the society would crumble.Big Brother is never wrong and the Party uses him to justify their actions.The people take it upon themselves to correct history to what Big Brother makes it to be at that moment.Each day, the party allows two minutes for the people to express their anger against Eurasia/ Eastasia and Goldstein, which are the Parties enemies. It depicts clearly how the government manipulates people to only love big brother and to think like them.The third important point of 1984 is Winstons attraction for beautiful things. Winston’s diary, which has “creamy white paper” is described as beautiful and is the first real solid evidence that Winston commits thoughtcrime. The paper weight- is the first materialistic thing that does not exist for a purpose that we see in the book. It represents his need to connect with the past. Julia who is by far the most important and described as beautiful person in this book. She is also against the party. She is the only person in this book that truly satisfies herself. She represents human connection and how easy it is to break it in the face of the party (and Um, Rats) The constant surveillance is another major point in 1984. The telescreens in the book constantly recite propaganda, and even go as far as watching your actions. No privacy is given to the people to abstain from personal thoughts. MIcrophones are put in public areas to overhear conversations amongst the people. Finally, doublethink is the last and most important reassurance to force members of society to conform. Doublethink is the ability to accept two contradictory thoughts at the same time. Winston, who is one of the only characters we see in this book who doesn’t understand doublethink, writes, “Freedom is the ability to say 2+2=4.” This concept allows Big Brother to alter history by changing written records and perceptions on a daily basis. It roots Big Brother into peoples physiological paths, not just physical, and this is the ultimate form of control. Winston was the only curious person we met in the book 1984 until the party was able to completely change his way of thinking. What the party told him was reality because we don’t really know what reality is in this book “Reality is what’s in the mind.” This horrifying ending represents the power of totalitarianism ; even going as far as changing the thoughts of their people.The brotherhood is the (potential) group against the party organized to bring down big brother. We don’t know if it really exists, nor will we ever. Winston believes that dying hating the party/ big brother is freedom.O’Brien is the first person Winston can have intellectual conversation with. O’brien is both Winstons protector and torturer.

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Totalitarianism is shown throughout the book and is depicted in all of our major plot points.


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