1984 is about a very harsh government that rules the people by fear.
Winston (the main character) starts out being a perfect middle aged man in the beginning and then gradually becomes rebellious. He buys a blank diary and starts to write in it which isn’t against the law (since there are no laws) but can be punished by death or 5 years in a forced-labor camp. Then he commits Thoughtcrime which is when you think something bad about the government. When you commit this you usually end up with being vaporized. Being vaporized is when you disappear (usually in the middle of the night) and they kill you. They take anything about you and destroy it and act as though you had never existed at all.
There are 3 super states in the whole world. Oceania, East-Asia, and Eur-Asia. The story takes place in Oceania. Winston works in the Ministry of Truth. There are 4 ministries that are the government. There Is the Ministry of truth, the Ministry of Love, the Ministry of Peace, and the Ministry of Plenty. The Ministry of truth works with entertainment, news, education, and fine arts. The Ministry of Love consists of maintaining the law and order. The ministry of peace worked with war, and the Ministry of Plenty was responsible for economic affairs. The citizens in Oceania are treated poorly. There are the Proles who are like lower class people in the book and in present time now. There are also the Party Members who were not wealthy (some were) but they made more money and had better living conditions than the Proles. The Party Members worked in the different sections in the ministries. Then there was Big Brother. He was on Posters everywhere! No one had actually seen him in real life so they did not know if he was an actual person or not but if they doubted that then they could most likely been vaporized or thrown in a labor-camp. All Party members wore blue jumpsuits.
Winston’s part in the Ministry of Truth was to take documents and alter them so that they were correct. Winston loved his job. It made him think and he liked making up stories when he had to for some articles such as when he makes up a person so he can make an article true. During his job there was a thing called the 2 minutes hate which is when Goldstein (the supposed “bad guy” who tries to sabotage Oceania) gets on the Telescreen and talks and shows his army killing people from Oceania. The Telescreen is in every building o every wall and it allows the government to watch and listen to your every move so that they can monitor that you aren’t doing anything wrong or trying to betray the government. Anyways during the 2 minutes hate one day Winston has 2 things happen. He catches O’Brien’s eye and somehow he tells Winston through the eye contact that he to hates the government. O’Brien is a higher ranking person in the Ministry. The second of which is when he sees a young girl in her 20s that is seated next to him and at first he hates he and wants to kill her in many ways and rape her but then afterwards he finds that he is in love with her.
One day as Winston Is going to the bathroom the Girl is walking in the same direction as he and trips. Winston helps her up by grabbing her hand and as she did this she handed him a slip of paper. Winston later reads and finds out that she said that she “Loves him.” They meet one day and talking through clenched teeth so it appears as though they aren’t talking to each other they make a meeting place on Sunday out in the country. Winston goes to meet her and they fall in love. They kiss and hug and then have sex. They meet each other occasionally having a couple of weeks where they are to busy with work to meet. Then as a month or so passes they start renting the attic of a Prole’s shop who knows what is going on but is fine with it and says he won’t rat them out. One night as Winston is going to work O’Brien meets with him and as they walk he O’Brien make up an excuse for Winston to come to his penthouse and meet him. Winston and Julia (his beloved partner) go and see O’Brien. They find out that O’Brien is the leader of the brother hood that wants to tear down the government. They receive a book made by Goldstein himself and is to read it to fill there minds with the knowledge about the governments. One Morning as Winston and Julia wake up from staying in the attic of the Prole’s house they are told to get on the ground and to not move. Then a Telescreen pops out from behind a picture and they hear a bold Strong voice coming from it. Then the thought police come up the stairs and arrest them. The prole who owned the little antique shop comes walking up the stairs in a thought police suit. He had been spying on them for months and they hadn’t even known. In fact they had been spying on Winston for 7 years!
They torture Winston and Julia but they never see another during the time they spent in The Ministry of Peace. During the time being tortured Winston finds out that O’Brien is the one torturing him. After around 2 years of being tortured they let Winston go. He then got a new, higher paying job, and sits in the Chestnut Tree Café all day drinking gin and playing chess with himself. In the end he loves Big Brother.