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Winston Smith is an insignificant member of the ruling Party in London in the nation of Oceania Everywhere Winston goes even his own home he is watched through telescreens and everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Partys omniscient leader the figure known only as Big Brother The Party controls everything even the peoples history and language The Party is currently forcing the implementation of an invented language called Newspeak which prevents the possibility for political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal-- thoughtcrime is the worst crime of all As the novel opens Winston feels frustrated by the oppression and rigid control of the Party which prohibits free thought sex and any expression of individuality He has illegally purchased a diary in which to write his criminal thoughts and has become fixated on a powerful Party member named OBrien whom Winston believes is a secret member of the Brotherhood the legendary group that works to overthrow the Party Winston works in the Ministry of Truth where he alters historical records to fit the needs of the Party He has noticed a co-worker a beautiful dark-haired girl staring at him he worries that she is an informant who will turn him in for his thoughtcrime He worries about the Partys control of history it claims Oceania has always been allied with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia but Winston seems to recall a time when this wasnt true the Party also claims that Emmanuel Goldstein the leader of the Brotherhood is the most dangerous man alive but Winston doubts the claim He spends his evenings wandering through the poorest neighborhoods in London where the proletarians or proles live relatively unimpeded by Party monitoring One day Winston receives a note from the dark-haired girl that reads I love you Her name is Julia and they begin a covert affair always on the lookout for
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