Questions tagged [1984]

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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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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Is there an actual army in 1984?

I just finished my first read of 1984. It was a fantastic book. While reading, I kept wondering if there was any army fighting the war. I don't recall seeing anything about anyone from the Party or a ...
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What happened to Winston Smith at the end of George Orwell’s “1984?”

If you haven’t read George Orwell's 1984 this question contains potential spoilers regarding the ending of the book so you might want to stop reading now. At one point, Winston is told that the Party ...
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In Orwell's 1984, why does 'the book' even exist?

During the third part of 1984, O'Brien states that he is in fact one of the authors of Goldstein's book (I think we can assume this to be true). I don't understand why the book was even created. At ...