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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a compelling novel written in the period just after WWII It details the life of one man Winston Smith and his struggles with an undoubtedly fascist government The book is set approximately in the year 1984 in which Winstons society is ruled by a governing force known as The Party At the head of this government is a fictional figure known as Big Brother to whom all citizens must love and respect In this society privacy and freedom do not exist People are constantly monitored by telescreens and subjected to a constant barrage of propaganda Any devious thought or action is dealt with by cruel and deadly punishment Winston is a worker in one of the government agencies His job to rewrite the past so that The Party specifically Big Brother appears to be omnipotent From as long as he can remember he has despised The Party and what it stood for although he doesnt reveal his true feelings to anyone around him When Winston begins a torrid love affair with one of the young women in his agency named Julia he finds someone else who shares in his beliefs The two have several meetings throughout the book in which they discuss their hatred for the government They join a secret alliance called The Brotherhood whos specific purpose is the end of The Party Through the literature of The Brotherhood they learn about the inner workings of The Party and how it accomplishes its stronghold on the people The world as Winston knows it comes crashing down when he and Julia are arrested by the thought police a faction of the government which deals with those who do not agree and abide by the ways of The Party They are taken to a prison unlike any other Winston is constantly tortured and beaten until he confesses to crimes which he didnt commit or never even happened If the party just killed Winston
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