The Novel 1984 by George Orwell

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Though written sixty-five years ago, 1984 by George Orwell was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Orwell’s depiction of a futuristic dystopian society makes the novel prophetic and thought provoking. We will divulge into: Orwell’s background; Winston Smith, the novel’s protagonist, and the origin of his name; the structural conventions in the novel; Orwell’s use of important characters that’s never-seen; the story’s turning points, the mentor, the “item”, and the “secret”; Julia as the “goddess” and the “temptress”/femme fatale; Orwell’s use of Charrington and O’Brien in terms of foreshadowing; and if what Winston learns is inevitable, a surprise and/or a disappointment. The name Winston was derived from Orwell’s admiration of Winston Churchill that many have regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Smith is the most prevalent of surnames in the United Kingdom. Additionally, the surname Smith is often adopted to maintain a secret identity. “Thus allowing readers to see him as Orwell intended: an ordinary man who makes a valiant effort in extraordinary circumstances.” The opening sentence of the novel, “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,” lets the reader know that hope is in the air in a time of war. This sets the tone for what lies ahead: Winston is a thirty-nine year old with varicose veins, “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU,” and Winston keeps his back
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