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1984 1 Biography George Orwell is the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair a British writer with political conscience He was born in India but educated in England at Eton College He served the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 to 1927 In sick health he returned to Europe to live in poverty as a struggling writer Orwell joined the Republican forces in the Spanish civil war and wrote a chilling account of this experience He went on to write many books mostly autobiographical and achieved successes as a brilliant writer 2 Synopsis The novel takes place in a theoretical and fictional dystopian totalitarian society The story begins in London on April 4 1984 after an atomic world war divides the world into three states London is the capital of Oceania which is run by INGSOCEnglish Socialism The controllers are called The Party The Party is divided into two sections The Inner Party and The Outer Party which are the Rich and the middle-class There is a third group of people called The Proles or The Proletariat which are the poor and considered to be animals by the party The main leader of this government is Big Brother The novel is told in third person and partly first person and is also divided into three parts In the first part the main character and his conflicts with the world he lives in are revealed Winston Smith is a bureaucrat who works for the government by altering history at the Ministry of Truth He begins to ponder the reason things are so bad and commits a terrible crime In the second part he falls in love with Julia and is taken in by a man named OBrien a member of the anti-party society called the Brotherhood OBrien turns out to be a true member of The Inner Party Winston and Julia are captured and
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