George Orwell - 1984 - Introduction
George Orwell's dystopian novel from 1948 finds increasing resonance in the modern age. Projecting a future where the government has the will to observe and control every citizen, Orwell is seen as having prophecised the ultra-oppressive regimes that have been witnessed since publication.
His concept of the Thought-Police is disturbingly close to East Germany's Stasi and Romania's Securitate, among others. His idea of the two-way Telescreen pre-empts the powers of the CIA, FBI, GCHQ and even the likelihood that some other insidious agent may have access to the camera currently looking at you from above this screen.
As nationalistic agendas increasingly dominate the headlines, Orwells' novel serves as a timely reminder that we should never surrender our freedoms willingly. This book is a warning that we should all heed.
This course is an introduction to Orwell's text. The course contains mindmap information on the author, as well as the context of the work. Flash cards with Key terms are explained to aid comprehension. The plot of the novel is outlined in three sections, just as the text is presented. In a seperate document, the major characters are discussed and, in another slides analyse the principal themes. The course closes with a quiz to test what you have learned.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) is written in three parts - The 1st concerns the system and the state, the 2nd relates to Winston & Julia and the 3rd is set in the Ministry of Love and the dreaded Room 101
Some of the unique language from Orwell's 1984. The world of the novel is shaped by the language of Oceania: Newspeak. This language is an effort to curtail freedoms in the state by eradicating the freedom of expression.
A short visual guide to the life and publication dates in Orwell's life. Born Eric Blair in India, Orwell lived a transient life living at points in Spain, France and Burma. His travels fueled his writing a great deal. His England is an outsider's view.