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1984 George Orwell Winston is the unfortunate victim of a totalitarian society gone haywire In Oceania 1984 the Party has complete control over every aspect of its citizens lives Telescreens that monitor their movements are found in every house and apartment If a member of the Thought Police catches you so much as gritting your teeth during one of Big Brothers speeches its off to the Missionary of Love to be interrogated about your partaking in a conspiracy against the Party Its a time of unknowing chaos where war is peace ignorance is strength and freedom is slavery The Party avoids revolt by using an interesting technique--not giving its citizens a reason to revolt If the Party promises for example that there will be no reduction of chocolate rations and there does happen to be a reduction they simply go back and change their original statement This meaning they rewrite any newspaper articles etc that give evidence that they said there would be a reduction and destroy all of the old copies In this way the Partys predictions are always true So our good old friend Winston is sitting in his office one day when he starts to have--gasp--negative thoughts about the Party and its leader Big Brother He buys a diary a crime considered worthy of death by the Party and begins to record these thoughts daily By chance Winston happens to meet a fellow Party-hater Julia They believe that the Brotherhood an organization against the Party exists and that their co-worker OBrien is involved with it They meet with OBrien and confirm that yes indeed he is involved with the Brotherhood OBrien gives them a copy of The Book written by the Brotherhoods leader Emanuel Goldstein about his political ideas Julia and Winston are secure in their involvement with the Brotherhood and are fairly certain that
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