The story follows Winston, a 39-year old who lives in Oceania, a totalitarian state that wants to control every aspect of its people’s lives and tries to avoid the mistakes similar regimes have done in the past.
They claim that power should not be a means to an end. If the Party seeks power for its own sake, then there is no way they will lose it.
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We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely,...
The Party employs various methods to maintain its power and control over the population. One of these methods is "Newspeak," a language designed to limit the range of thought and eliminate unorthodox or rebellious ideas. Another key aspect is the constant surveillance through telescreens, which m...
Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
The Party claims that past events survive only in written records and in human memories. Therefore they are constantly altering past events to suit their present needs.
Whenever the Party decides a person must be killed, they also erase the person's name from every written record. That pers...
Winston hears about a secret brotherhood, and he starts a diary where he expresses his rebellious thoughts. He becomes involved in acts of subversion and attempts to challenge the Party's control. As the book follows his story, you hope he will eventually succeed in overturning the state, but the...
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