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Authorial Background George Orwell was born in 1903 and wrote 1984 in 1948 This era in history was a time of change both politically and in technological advances One of the most important technological inventions in the 1940s was the atomic bomb in 1945 The atomic bomb was Americas solution to end World War II In the years following the war new technology constantly flowed the first computer microwave and cellphone were all invented George Orwell wrote 1984 in order to show how dependent society was on technology and how harmful technology really was The atomic bomb was portrayed in 1984 as steamers or rocket bombs 84 During one of these attacks Winston kicks a disembodied hand into a gutter this symbolizes how the bombs have made Winston unaffected to harm caused on the society Russias totalitarian government also influenced Orwell to write 1984 During the early 1900s Hitler controlled the majority of Europe with an iron fist under a dictatorship This power is echoed in 1984 through the Big Brother is Watching You posters plastered throughout Oceania Literary Period look at email Setting The setting in 1984 is an industrialized London an isolated run down apartment and the white corridors of Room 101 and Ministry of Love Plot Summary Theme As long as Characters Point of View Limited omniscient SymbolMotif In 1984 an important symbol is light versus dark and black versus white The darkness in 1984 is first found before Winston knowingly submits against the government This darkness is found in the small alcove where Winston begins writing in his book because he believes the telescreen cannot see him Winston first encounters the Brotherhood when he is haunted in his dreams of meeting in the place where there is no darkness 25 Winston later understands that the place of no darkness is Room 101 which symbolizes every citizens greatest fear and confronting said fear in the unknowing darkness Light is
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