Published in 1949 and set thirty-six years in the future, 1984 is George Orwell’s dark vision of the future. Written while Orwell was dying and […]

George Orwell

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in Bengal, India, in 1903, into a middle-class family. The son of a British civil servant, Orwell was […]

Plot Summary

A Part One summary of the novel 1984 In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party from Oceania (a fictional state […]


A Big Brother in the novel 1984 Big Brother, the mysterious all-seeing, all-knowing leader of the totalitarian society is a god-like icon to the citizens […]


A Freedom and Enslavement/Free Will in the novel 1984 Orwell’s 1984 is set in Oceania, a totalitarian state ruled by a god-like leader named Big […]


A Point of View of the novel 1984 Orwell’s 1984 is told in the third person, but the point of view is clearly Winston Smith’s. […]

Historical Perspective

A Totalitarianism In 1948, when Orwell’s 1984 was published, World War II had just ended. One of England’s allies had been Russia, which was ruled […]


Explain how history is distorted and hidden from the citizens of Oceania. What is the result? Discuss how Newspeak works to alter the expression of […]

Compare and Contrast

1948: West Berlin, Germany, is blockaded by the Soviets. The Americans begin an airlift to help the stranded Berliners. 1984: The Berlin wall, built in […]