A dystopian fiction novel written by George Orwell in 1949, it describes the world of the year 1984 as a nightmarish authoritarian state where *Big Brother* is always watching.

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Was O'Brien just doing his job?

The interpretation that Wikipedia gives is that O'Brien was intentionally planted there to root out any thought-criminals. In truth, O'Brien is an agent of the Thought Police, and is completely ...
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Why doesn't Mr. Charrington turn Winston in earlier?

Mr. Charrington, owner of the junk shop in the novel 1984, turns out to be a member of the thought police. Why didn't he arrest Winston for just walking in the door? Why did he wait for Winston to ...
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Is Big Brother an actual person in the novel 1984?

I understand that Big Brother represents the Party, and is considered the leader of Oceania. Posters of Big Brother are everywhere, depicting him as a man with a mustache, and the Party expects people ...
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Why is Oceania only at war with one other nation?

Eastasia and Eurasia have both, at times, been at war with both other nations. Oceania, however is always at war with only one. Why is this so?
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Were there mind reading devices in 1984?

How was it that O'Brien could read Winston's mind so well in 1984? Is it possible the Party had a mind reading device?
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Multiple Room 101's in 1984

Would there be more than just one Room 101 in the Ministry of Love? It seems entirely possible given that the building itself is said to be very large. I just think it wouldn't make much sense if they ...
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What happened to Winston Smith at the end of 1984?

If you haven't read George Orwell's 1984, this contains spoilers, so you may want to stop reading now. I'm serious — no more jokes. This is your last chance. Next paragraph is a spoiler. At the ...