Big Brother Is Watching You

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AP US Government Mrs. Bradshaw 25 August 2014 Big Brother is Watching You 1984 is a novel that takes place in a Totalitarian dystopia named Oceania. The story follows a member of this futuristic society named Winston Smith, who is strongly opposed to the omniscient and oppressive “Big Brother” who runs the country. Winston works for the government in a division called the Ministry of Truth. He is responsible for altering history in the government’s favor. The government attempts to control the people of Oceania by monitoring what they say, do and even think; they even impose another language called Newspeak in an attempt to prevent any original or rebellious thinking. Actions such as sex, unconventional thinking, and individuality are illegal and Winston purchases a diary where he can express his illegal thoughts instead of getting caught by the Thought Police. At his job at the Ministry of Truth he meets a girl named Julia whom he finds out is equally as opposed to Big Brother as he is. The two begin to fall in love and eventually become lovers. As the novel progresses Winston becomes more and more interested in a secret rebellious group called the Brotherhood who reject all the ideals of Big Brother and the Party. He becomes particularly fascinated with Obrien whom he thinks is a member but also works for Big Brother. Obrien later admits that he is part of the Brotherhood and wants Winston and Julia to join as well. He gives them a copy of the manifesto of the
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