Summary of Orwell's 1984

Summary Chapter 1 and 2
We are introduced to Winston Smith the main character of the story.
Works at Ministry of truth. Ministry of truth is one of four
government buildings in destroyed London, the main city of Airstrip
One, a province of Oceania. Year is 1984 and three contries are at
war, Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia. Oceania is run by the party whose
leader is Big Brother. Winston is sick of his life in the ruined city
and decides to keep a diary. This is against the law in Oceania. He
felt his feelings begin to hate Emmanuel Goldstein, leader of the
enemy party. He also spots O'Brien, a party leader whose eyes he
see's a bit of political sympthy. See's young girl who he dislikes.
He feels it is only a matter of time before his though crimes are
detected. A knock at the door he thinks is police. Mrs. Parsons, his
neighbor is at the door and asked him to unclog a sink. He does it
but smells sweat all over the apartment. Mrs. Parsons is a follower
of party doctrine and a fellow employee at the ministry. The children
are members of Spies, a youth that encourages spying and telling
on traitors, including parents. Winston is revolted. He returns home
and writes a couple more minutes before going back to work. He
remenbers a dream where O'Brien tole him he would meet him in a place
wher there is no darkness. He washes his hands and hides the diary

Reaction

Major ideas, conflicts and themes are introduced. We are shown how
the earth has changed, into 3 main contenients. we are also
introduced to the main character and how he fits into the new world.
Also we are shown how the computer age has taken over peoples minds.
The language is easy to underezd, it has not really changed much
over time. Seems like nothing left after nuclear war, just ruins
remaining. We are introduced to Tom Parsons which Winston is
contrasted with. The city is very drab.

Quotes
"Big brother is watching you, the caption beneath it said"
"Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever."


Summary Chapter 3,4 and 5

Waking from dreams, he remembers his mother and sister, and can
barely remember their disappearence and feels responsible for there
deaths. He has another dream where he is in the perfect countryside
with the girl he had noticed eariler. He dreamed she stripped for
him. This time he is woken up by the telescreen, telling him to do
his exercises. He thinks about how much power the Party has over all
information. Begins work at the ministry of truth. His job is to
correct printed articles in line with the Party's orders. The
Ministry and records department jobs are to rewrite history to make
the party look good. They get a break because of the 2 minute hate.
When he gets back he replaces a speech by Big Brother with invented
history. Makes up story about a man named Ogilvy. The article had
become contrary to the present party policy. It is replaced as
though is never existed. Winston meets Syme, a philologist, for lunch.
Syme explains parts about Newspeak. They are joined by Parsons.
Winston thinks of the fate that each co-worker will recieve. Syme
will be vapourized because he is to smart, where Parsons is dull
enough to escape vapourization. He is the only one who has not been
taken over by the propaganda that is always being brodcast. He
notices the same girl from the other day starring at him and thinks it
is the thought police.

Reaction

The Golden country that he dreams about is definatly a release or a
freedom from the the drabness of London. Also from the party. We are
introduced to the fact that he has no mother or father or sisters or
brothers anymore because they were taken by the party. He is realizing
that he is rebelling against the party and he underezds that he is
at risk. Winston is in search of the truth and is concerned because of
the party's ability to change history. We find that he likes his work
even though it is for the party and against morals. He is introduced
to the girl that will play a big part in the book most likely.

Quotes
"People in the Records Department did not talk readily about