Summary of 1984The story begins with Winston, the main character, coming back to hisapartment from his job at the Ministry of Truth. Winstons job was to changerecorded events, predictions made by the Party, and documents to make then correct. In actuality his job was to falsify history to whatever was in thePartys current best interest. Whatever the Party said must always be correctand undisputable, there fore history was constantly being rewritten by peoplelike Winston. One of the Partys slogans was He who controls the past, controlsthe future.
He who controls the present, controls the past.Every word anyone said was heard by the inner Party, also, every motionanyone made could be seen by the telescreens that were like two-way TVs. Anyonewho showed any discontent or disapproval towards the Party was seen or heard,and taken to Ministry of Love, which concerned itself with law and order.
No oneknew what happened in the Ministry of Love, but people who were taken there mostoften disappeared. Their very existence falsified by the Ministry of Truth.Winston hid his hate of the Party very well from the telescreens. Hehated the party but he knew there was nothing he could do. He had heard of ananti-Party organization called the Brotherhood, but there was no way of knowingif it really existed. He didnt know if anyone felt the same way he did, but hewas sure there must be.The Party was reconstructing society as a whole, and no one seemed tonotice.
it was done so systematically and effectively, it was hard to believethe world had ever been otherwise. Children were raised to love Big Brother (thehuman face the Party took on). They were taught to turn anyone in who showedsigns of deviation from the Party, even their own parents.
they were born notknowing anything of the past, and without anyway of finding out. Anything thatwas taught to them as true, was taken as the truth. Even a whole new languagehad been in development, called Newspeak. Newspeak effectively limited theamount of words to a bare minimum. The goal was to completely get rid of anywords that allowed for individual or original thought.
Words such as Love,science, God, and freedom (in the sense of political or intellectual freedom)were all nonexistent. People had no way of expressing anything, because therewere no words to do so with. That way,any possible threat to the Party could bewiped out of existence.The world had been divided into three large countries: Eurasia, Eastasia,and Oceania.
Oceania was the country in which Winston lived, and the Partycontrolled. The three countries were constantly at war with one another. Oceaniamay be allies with Eastasia and at war with Eurasia one month, and the exactopposite the next. But whoever Oceania was at war with at the moment, theyinsisted they had always been at war with. There were no documents to proveotherwise, and people were constantly brainwashed by the ever presenttelescreens. The Party was never wrong.
One day Winston notices a woman at work that he notices somethingstrange about. At first he thinks she is probably a member of the Thought Police,out to catch him. One day as she is walking towards him down a hall, she fallspurposely. As Winston helps her up, she slips him a piece of paper that says Ilove you. He had been wrong, she felt the same way about the Party as he did.They arranged for a place to meet in he woods, far from telescreens ormicrophones.
Her name was Julia. Eventually they get a room above a small storewhere hey can go.Winston also notices signs of unorthodoxy in his boss. Mr.
OBrian, atthe Ministry of Truth. Winston takes a huge risk and asks OBrian about it.Although OBrian is a member of the Inner Party, he admits to being involved inthe mysterious Brotherhood organization. OBrian gives Winston a copy of TheBook, which contains the teachings of the Brotherhood and the truth about theParty. As Winston and Julia are reading The Book in their secret room, they heara voice.
A telescreen had been hidden in the room the whole time. The ThoughtPolice had finally caught him, OBrian had betrayed him.Winston and Julia are separated and taken to the Ministry of Love. TheParty does not just kill people against the Party. First, they make the peoplefully accept the Party, then they kill them. Winston was tortured for what couldhave been weeks or months, he had no way of knowing .
Winston is conformed tothe beliefs of the Party after severe brainwashing and torture. They release himto live out the rest of his life, but it didnt matter. Winston is a broken man,he now loves Big Brother. The Party had won.