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1984 Author- George Orwell Genre- Fiction Original Publication Date- 1949 Characters- Winston Smith- A minor member of the ruling Party in near-future London thin frail contemplative intellectual and fatalistic thirty-nine-year-old hates the totalitarian control and enforced repression that are characteristic of his government harbors revolutionary dreams Julia- Winstons lover beautiful dark-haired girl works in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth enjoys sex and claims to have had affairs with many Party members pragmatic and optimistic her rebellion against the Party is small and personal for her own enjoyment OBrien- mysterious powerful and sophisticated member of the Inner Party Winston believes he is also a member of the Brotherhood the legendary group of anti-Party rebels Big Brother- he never appears in the novel and he may not actually exist the perceived ruler of Oceania posters are everywhere with Big Brothers face bearing the message BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU Big Brothers image is stamped on coins and broadcast on the unavoidable telescreens it haunts Winstons life and fills him with hatred and fascination Mr Charrington- old man who runs a secondhand store in the prole district kindly and encouraging he seems to support Winstons rebellion against the Party and his relationship with Julia he rents Winston a room without a telescreen to carry out his affair he is a member of the Thought Police Syme- intelligent outgoing man who works with Winston at the Ministry of Truth specializes in language he is working on a new edition of the Newspeak dictionary Winston thinks Syme is too intelligent to stay in the Partys favor Parsons- fat obnoxious and dull Party member lives near Winston and works at the Ministry of Truth has a dull wife and a group of suspicious ill-mannered children who are members of the Junior Spies Emmanuel Goldstein- legendary leader of the Brotherhood seems to have been a Party leader who fell out of favor with the regime described as the most
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