History Literature / NineteenEightyFour

23rd Jul '16 1:03:31 PM nombretomado
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* RepressiveButEfficient: Played with. BigBrother is not so good about things like ensuring a decent quality of life for all the little brothers and sisters in his care, but he's AMAZING when it comes to things like keeping the monitoring system up and running, identifying and rooting out possible dissidents, and just generally averting EvilWillFail.

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* RepressiveButEfficient: Played with. BigBrother Big Brother is not so good about things like ensuring a decent quality of life for all the little brothers and sisters in his care, but he's AMAZING when it comes to things like keeping the monitoring system up and running, identifying and rooting out possible dissidents, and just generally averting EvilWillFail.
22nd Jul '16 11:02:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The Party seems to have tied up every loose end that might bring about its downfall.
18th Jul '16 9:03:17 AM TrollBrutal
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* ClockDiscrepancy: The book plays with this idea. The main character looks at the clock which reads 8:00. He thinks it's still 8 PM, but instead it was actually 8 AM.

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* ClockDiscrepancy: The book plays with this idea. The main character looks at the clock which reads 8:00. He thinks it's still 8 PM, but instead it was actually 8 AM. In a broader sense, there might also be a calendar discrepancy, as Winston is not even sure the year is 1984. He believes he was born in 1944 or 1945 and is fairly sure his age is 39, but it all remains an estimation as nobody can be absolutely certain of the year anymore.
18th Jul '16 3:42:46 AM mitcher
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** The Michael Radford movie has a bleak ending, foregoing the execution and instead having Winston look at the image of Big Brother, then thinking, "I love you! I love you!"

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** The Michael Radford movie has a bleak ending, foregoing the execution and instead having Winston look at the image of Big Brother, then thinking, "I love you! I love you!"you."



* MeaningfulName: Winston Smith, from "UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill" and "Smith," TheEveryman. Julia from ''Literature/RomeoAndJuliet''. Emmanuel Goldstein from "Bronstein" (Trotsky's given surname) and anarchist UsefulNotes/EmmaGoldman, who was prominent in Orwell's time.

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* MeaningfulName: Winston Smith, from "UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill" and "Smith," TheEveryman. Julia from ''Literature/RomeoAndJuliet''. Emmanuel Goldstein from "Bronstein" (Trotsky's given surname) and anarchist UsefulNotes/EmmaGoldman, Emma Goldman, who was prominent in Orwell's time.


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** However, Julia is given the last name of 'Dixon' in the [[AdaptationalNameChange 1954 BBC adaptation]]
3rd Jul '16 7:00:06 AM Scoutstr295
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* DownerEnding: After his rehabilitation in the Ministry of Love and purely psychologically sentencing Julia to his own FateWorseThanDeath, Winston callously and casually assists the Party's war department by allowing them to use his tactical mind through the medium of self-versed chess to distribute Oceania's forces more economically and effectively. His love for Julia is nonexistent, and she reciprocates. After reading reports that the attacks he coordinated against Africa succeeded terrifically, he forsakes his first and earliest childhood memory and replaces it with pure hot-blooded devotion to the truly-proved-meaningless cause of war on the Party's behalf. He ends his life in stupid ecstasy, confessing to crimes he did not commit in order to alleviate guilt from the Party (the same lie of which others partook at the start of the novel being the incitement of his intellectual rebellion), and finally entertaining the notion of unconditional love for Big Brother as the latter's constituents shoot him threw the back of the head.
** The Creator/MichaelRadford movie ended with a bleak ending, foregoing the bullet to the brain ending, and instead has Winston looking at the image of Big Brother, then thinking, "I love you! I love you!"
** Perhaps the worst part of the ending of all is the fact that Winston's re-education is so successful that he actually mistakes it for a happy ending.

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* DownerEnding: After his rehabilitation "rehabilitation" in the Ministry of Love and purely psychologically sentencing betraying Julia to his own FateWorseThanDeath, Winston callously and casually assists the Party's war department by allowing them to use his tactical mind through the medium of self-versed chess to economically distribute Oceania's forces in Africa more economically and effectively. His love for Julia is nonexistent, and she reciprocates. After reading reports that the attacks he coordinated against Africa succeeded terrifically, have succeeded, he forsakes his first and earliest childhood memory and replaces it with pure hot-blooded devotion to the truly-proved-meaningless cause of war on the Party's behalf. He ends his life in stupid ecstasy, confessing to crimes he did not commit in order to alleviate guilt from the Party (the same lie of which others partook at the start of the novel being the incitement of his intellectual rebellion), and finally entertaining the notion of unconditional love for Big Brother as he is executed by the latter's constituents shoot him threw the back of the head.
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** The Creator/MichaelRadford Michael Radford movie ended with has a bleak ending, foregoing the bullet to the brain ending, execution and instead has having Winston looking look at the image of Big Brother, then thinking, "I love you! I love you!"
** Perhaps the worst part of the ending of all is the fact that Winston's re-education is so successful that he actually mistakes it for a happy ending.
24th Jun '16 1:14:15 AM aishwarya
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Two film versions were made, in 1956 and (appropriately) 1984. The brilliant and depressing 1984 version of ''Nineteen Eighty-Four'', starring Creator/JohnHurt as Winston and Creator/RichardBurton in his final role as O'Brien, is far more true to the original novel, but is often compared unfavorably to Terry Gilliam's surreal dystopian movie ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' (which came out one year later, in 1985), which takes a much more subversive and [[BlackComedy blackly humorous]] view of Orwell's themes. According to Website/IMDb, Creator/TimBurton is working on another adaptation of this movie.

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Two film versions were made, in 1956 and (appropriately) 1984. The 1956 version was directed by Michael Anderson and featured Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling and Creator/MichaelRedgrave. The brilliant and depressing 1984 version of ''Nineteen Eighty-Four'', starring Creator/JohnHurt as Winston and Creator/RichardBurton in his final role as O'Brien, is far more true to the original novel, but is often compared unfavorably to Terry Gilliam's surreal dystopian movie ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' (which came out one year later, in 1985), which takes a much more subversive and [[BlackComedy blackly humorous]] view of Orwell's themes. According to Website/IMDb, Creator/TimBurton is working on another adaptation of this movie.
1st Jun '16 1:07:23 AM Narsil
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*** At least some people extrapolate to the three slogans [[FourIsDeath by adding a fourth one]]: ''TRUTH IS HATRED.''
20th May '16 10:59:06 AM eroock
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-->--'''O'Brien'''

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-->--'''O'Brien'''
-->-- '''O'Brien'''
15th May '16 1:49:50 PM KingZeal
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* SurvivorshipBias: Averted. The protagonist [[ItWasHisSled ends up being just another would-be rebel]] who's brainwashed back into a model citizen (so he can't even be a DoomedMoralVictor) and quietly terminated. It's left up in the air if there was even a rebellion for him to join.
15th May '16 1:15:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* RussiaTakesOverTheWorld: One of the world's [[SpaceFillingEmpire three superpowers]] is Eurasia, the Russian-derived successor state that controls the former Soviet Union and continental Europe (but not the British Isles). They are allied with Oceania against Eastasia until Oceania betrays them by teaming up with Eastasia against Eurasia. Apparently practices "Neo-Bolshevism" and according to the propaganda of Oceania is currently leading a campaign to conquer all of Africa. This is a subversion, since neither Eurasia nor any of the other two superstates really desire world domination, only to control their own peoples.
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