• Year Published: 1949.
  • Pages: 268.

1984 Summary of Chapters

The book 1984 was published in the year 1949 and was written by George Orwell. It was originally titled “The Last Man In Europe”. The novel depicts a future where every aspect of life, even peoples’ thoughts, is controlled by a totalitarian state called Oceania. Oceania Is ruled by a group of people called the party. Its leader is a dictator known as Big Brother.
Book 1 Chapter 1-4

Winston Smith is the central character in the novel. He is a 39-year-old man living in London. He secretly loathes the Party and decides to do something about it. He decides to keep a diary where he reveals his thoughts of rebellion. Through keeping the diary, he commits a thought crime and knows that the thought police would probably catch him and kill him. Winston had decided to start the diary after two unexpected people had visited the record where he worked; O’Brien and a girl we later learn is called Julia. Winston hates the girl and suspects her to be working with the thought police but realizes this is just because he is attracted to her, but cannot have her. He saw the hate in O’Brien’s eyes and his hopes that he wasn’t the only one who hate the party were renewed.
Book 1 Chapter 5-8

Winston had lunch with a Comrade Syme who is a genius but too smart for his good. Syme tells him of his ongoing work to revise the eleventh edition of Newspeak dictionary. The brunette co-worker that he hates stares and he gets even more suspicious of her. Winston later writes about sex in his diary. He talks about an encounter with a prostitute in1981 and then of his ended fifteen-month marriage to a brainwashed follower of the party, Catherine. She saw sex as a duty to the party to make baby comrades. The party had banned sex for pleasure. Winston recalls of when he had proof of the party changing history but destroyed it. He late goes for a walk and enters Mr. Carrington’s shop where he bought the diary. He buys a paperweight, and after conversing with Mr. Charrington, he is led to a vacant room upstairs that has no telescreen. He contemplates renting it for its privacy. On his way home he meets the Brunette coworker in party uniform and temporarily considers killing her with the paperweight.
Book 2 Chapter 1-5
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