1984.-George Orwell, is the most important dystopian novel of all time. It talks about future system in which one person is trying to stay alive. Winston Smith is just a regular guy, a member of the Outer party. He does just what every member does- eats, goes to the job and lives. In him, emotions start to stir up against the Leader- Big Brother. Big Brother is like a “god”, because he controls everything. Human opinions, emotions, everything. If a person shows any they get killed. George Orwell was against all that, showing that if they shut up individual freedom through art, philosophy and etc… they will get human beings that are no longer humans, but slaves. They hide behind the logos and brands, just like the Big Brother in the novel- behind charm. The novel is written in the third person singular, from the perspective of the main character. It is considered an art piece, because the predictions in this book came true in our society and it no longer serves just as a fiction novel.
BOOK SUMMARY-1984.-George Orwell
Winston Smith does not have lunch in the cafeteria of the Ministry, but he goes and spends his free hour at home. The building in which he lived was just an ordinary building where the people from the Outer Party lived. Winston was employed at the Ministry of Truth, where he wrote news and corrected the history about the Party. He bought a diary when he was buying razors in the proles- the part of the society that’s not involved with the Party. Winston had Telescreen in every room, and they had to be careful because everyone was being watched all the time. Winston sat at the desk and began to write, mostly about hate that he felt. When he came back to work, they all watched Two Minutes Hate, where they showed their enemies and wars, and all of them would yell at the screen. There he saw a young, beautiful woman. Winston tried to practice some organized activities, but found none of them amusing. But if he would miss something, he would be detained and killed. In the bar, he met one man and they started to talk about the past, but the man’s memories were corrupted by the Party. At the store he bought a small red coral. The owner showed him a room where there was no Telescreen. When he left the store, one girl was following him, and he felt drawn to her, but Party promoted no sexuality between his members. One day Winston saw the same girl as they walked in the hallway, she tripped and fell down and he helped her. She puts a note in his hand that said that she loves him. They met the first time in the woods outside town. Her name was Julia and she was just like he was. They were also sexually active. When they met in the room at the antique shop, Julia brought stolen food- sugar, white bread, jam, tea and coffee. Another day, O’Brien talked with him about the new dictionary, but Winston knew that it was just an act to get him alone so he could join the Brotherhood. Julia and Winston went to the meeting to O’Brien, and he turned off the Telescreen. He talked to them about the privileges the Inner Party has, and gave them wine to drink. He also said that he is a part of the Brotherhood that works against the Party. One day they were in the room above the antique shop, and they talked about music, when someone told them that they are dead. They then saw a camera hidden behind a painting and realized it’s the Party. They marched in, and arrested them. Winston was brought in the Ministry of Love, where he waited. O’Brien walks in, and Winston realizes he is working for the Big Brother. Winston was tortured, and O’Brien told him that the injections and machines plugged into him would improve him. They brought him to room 101 and faced with a rat, they said to him that they would let the rat go if he didn’t betray Julia. After much struggle he betrayed Julia. As they let him go, he remembered what he did, but he didn’t want to turn against Big Brother anymore. He told Julia what he did, and she did the same thing to him. Winston felt repulsed by Julia and told that he loves Big Brother more.