February 3, 2023

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Who was George Orwell? His Life + Legacy

What is 1984 about?

George Orwell wrote the dystopian science fiction novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (alternatively 1984) and published it in 1949. This book was Orwell’s ninth book and his last work to be completed during his lifetime. Orwell was inspired in his novel by the authoritarian Stalinist Soviet Union and fascist Nazi Germany to create the dystopian regime.

The story takes place in 1984 when the world is in a perpetual state of war. Big Brother, a dictator, runs the totalitarian nation of Airstrip One, formerly known as Britain. Big Brother is gaining supporters because of a personality cult devised and enforced by the Thought Police, an arm of the party.

Our hero is Winston Smith, a dutiful mid-level government official at the Ministry of Truth. Smith loathes the party and privately hopes for a rebellion, keeps an illegal diary and begins a relationship with his colleague Julia. Together they get to know the Brotherhood, a secret resistance group. When Smith tries to contact the Brotherhood, he encounters a member of the party who is working undercover. Smith is arrested and tortured both mentally and physically by the Ministry of Love. He is released after proclaiming that he wants to love and hug Big Brother.