In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the main character, Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the Party watches him through telescreens and everywhere Winston looks he sees the face of the Party's leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything and Winston feels frustrated by the oppression and rigid control of the party. Winston meets a powerful Party member named O"Brien, whom Winston believes is a secret member of the mysterious, legendary group that works to overthrow the Party named the Brotherhood. Winston girlfriend named Julia is torn away from him and O"Brien turns out to be a Party spy who simply pretended to be a member of the Brotherhood in order to trap Winston into committing an open act of rebellion against the Party. After months of being tortured, Winston is released into the outside world. He meets Julia, but no longer feels anything for her. He has accepted the Party entirely and has learned to love Big Brother.
I chose to read 1984 because I've read a few of George Orwell's essays and they all had a powerful meaning to them and were also very well written. I was interested in reading one of George Orwell's novels because I had read some of writing before. This novel also had a story I found interesting to read since I haven't learned much about the subject.
Form, Structure and Plot:.
1984 is organized much like any other novel with chapters, but is split into three separate parts called books within this novel. This method of organization was used effectively because each one of the three sections dealt strictly with one part of the story that linked it to the others. The books length of almost 270 pages seemed to be just the right amount of pages for the story. The writing was not dry and boring reading, but was clear and to the point to keep the novel flowing.