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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Why didn't Winston know what Room 101 was?

In 1984 by George Orwell, the protagonist Winston is taken to the Ministry of Love and put in a cell there. When causing trouble, prisoners in the cell are threatened with 'Room 101', or told to sit ...
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Why did David Bowie's proposal for a musical version of Orwell's “1984” fall through?

In honor of the late, great David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016 As many people are aware, David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs contains several references to George Orwell's classic dystopian ...
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What did Julia do to Winston in 1984?

Whole post will be a huge spoiler. You have been warned. In "1984", in room 101, Winston was forced to betray Julia by asking them to "give" the rats to her. She also says that "sometimes...they ...
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Why was Charrington running a shop?

One particularly glaring absurdity in Nineteen Eighty-Four is that Charrington, the owner of the shop that Winston accidentally stumbles upon, purchases a glass snow globe from, and later rents a room ...
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How come there are so many obese people in 1984 if most of them live in poverty?

In 1984 by G. Orwell, there are many people that are described as obese, especially among proles. If the population of Oceania lives in poverty, then how come they have enough food to become ...
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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 ...
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What is the symbolism of rats in George Orwell's “1984”?

Why are rats used as Winston's greatest fear? What do they represent?