Summary Chapter 1 and 2
We are introduced to Winston Smith the main character of the story.
Works at Ministry of truth. Ministry of truth is one of four government
buildings in destroyed London, the main city of Airstrip One, a province of
Oceania. Year is 1984 and three contries are at war, Oceania, Eurasia and
Eastasia. Oceania is run by the party whose leader is Big Brother.
is sick of his life in the ruined city and decides to keep a diary. This is
against the law in Oceania. He felt his feelings begin to hate Emmanuel
Goldstein, leader of the enemy party. He also spots O’Brien, a party
leader whose eyes he see’s a bit of political sympthy. See’s young girl
who he dislikes. He feels it is only a matter of time before his though
crimes are detected.
A knock at the door he thinks is police. Mrs.
Parsons, his neighbor is at the door and asked him to unclog a sink. He
does it but smells sweat all over the apartment. Mrs. Parsons is a
follower of party doctrine and a fellow employee at the ministry.
children are members of Spies, a youth that encourages spying and telling
on traitors, including parents. Winston is revolted. He returns home and
writes a couple more minutes before going back to work. He remenbers a
dream where O’Brien tole him he would meet him in a place wher there is no
darkness. He washes his hands and hides the diary
Major ideas, conflicts and themes are introduced. We are shown how the
earth has changed, into 3 main contenients.
we are also introduced to the
main character and how he fits into the new world. Also we are shown how
the computer age has taken over peoples minds. The language is easy to
understand, it has not really changed much over time. Seems like nothing
left after nuclear war, just ruins remaining. We are introduced to Tom
Parsons which Winston is contrasted with. The city is very drab.
Quotes “Big brother is watching you, the caption beneath it said”
“Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever.”
-George Orwell MONDAY, NOV 15, 1993 Summary Chapter 3,4 and 5
Waking from dreams, he remembers his mother and sister, and can barely
remember their disappearence and feels responsible for there deaths. He
has another dream where he is in the perfect countryside with the girl he
had noticed eariler. He dreamed she stripped for him. This time he is
woken up by the telescreen, telling him to do his exercises. He thinks
about how much power the Party has over all information.
Begins work at
the ministry of truth. His job is to correct printed articles in line with
the Party’s orders. The Ministry and records department jobs are to
rewrite history to make the party look good. They get a break because of
the 2 minute hate. When he gets back he replaces a speech by Big Brother
with invented history. Makes up story about a man named Ogilvy.
article had become contrary to the present party policy. It is replaced as
though is never existed. Winston meets Syme, a philologist, for lunch. Syme
explains parts about Newspeak. They are joined by Parsons. Winston thinks
of the fate that each co-worker will recieve.
Syme will be vapourized
because he is to smart, where Parsons is dull enough to escape
vapourization. He is the only one who has not .