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20th May '16 10:59:06 AM eroock
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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.
29th Mar '16 8:38:41 AM Seanette
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Although apparently this was a case of ExecutiveMeddling, Supposedly Orwell wanted to set the book in 1948, but was told he couldn't, so he just switched the last two digits around to arrive at the new date/title. The fact that Winston himself isn't sure what year it is remarked on several times.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Although apparently this was a case of ExecutiveMeddling, Supposedly Orwell wanted to set the book in 1948, but was told he couldn't, so he just switched the last two digits around to arrive at the new date/title. The fact that Winston himself isn't comments that he can't be sure what year it is remarked on several times.is, due to the Party's constant editing of history.
28th Mar '16 9:26:04 PM Az_Tech341
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Although apparently this was a case of ExecutiveMeddling, Supposedly Orwell wanted to set the book in 1948, but was told he couldn't, so he just switched the last two digits around to arrive at the new date/title. The fact that Winston himself isn't sure what year it is is remarked on several times.
* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: Though George Orwell used it before in essays, this is the book it's most remembered from.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Although apparently this was a case of ExecutiveMeddling, Supposedly Orwell wanted to set the book in 1948, but was told he couldn't, so he just switched the last two digits around to arrive at the new date/title. The fact that Winston himself isn't sure what year it is it is remarked on several times.
* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: Though George Orwell used it before in essays, this is the book it's most remembered from.
28th Mar '16 9:15:47 PM Az_Tech341
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** The appendix, discussing Newspeak, also qualifies, as its past-tense phrasing implies that the regime had fallen by the time it was written.

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** The appendix, discussing Newspeak, also qualifies, Within the 'Oranges and Lemons' motif. When O'Brien continues Winston's recitation of the rhyme a couple of lines beyond Winston's recollection of it, he exclaims 'You knew the last line!,' and O'Brien agrees. But the rhyme as its past-tense phrasing implies normally told continues a little more ("I'm sure I don't know, said the great bell of Bow," -- that is, interestingly, Bow Bells, the Cockney Londoner's central point.) suggesting [[GenreSavvy to an educated reader]] that the regime had fallen by the time Inner Party is not as omniscient as it was written.believes.



* KarmaHoudini: See TheBadGuyWins. The Party, O'Brien, and Big Brother all go off scot free due to the way the system is set up. Unless you believe the Newspeak Appendix implies the Party's fall...
28th Mar '16 9:04:08 PM Az_Tech341
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After reading Creator/YevgenyZamyatin's dystopian thriller ''Literature/{{We}}'', Creator/GeorgeOrwell wrote ''Nineteen Eighty-Four'' as a PragmaticAdaptation of the novel for non-Russian audiences, with the addition of the then-new technology of television. Finished in 1948 [[note]]Orwell merely reversed the last two digits of that year to devise the title[[/note]] and published the next year, it became one of the most iconic stories in the English language, and introduced the phrases "BigBrotherIsWatching You," "{{thoughtcrime}}," "Thought Police," "Newspeak," and "doublethink" into the English lexicon ([[BeamMeUpScotty but not "doublespeak"]]).

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After reading Creator/YevgenyZamyatin's Yevgeny Zamyatin's dystopian thriller ''Literature/{{We}}'', Creator/GeorgeOrwell wrote ''Nineteen Eighty-Four'' as a PragmaticAdaptation of the novel for non-Russian audiences, with the addition of the then-new technology of television. Finished in 1948 [[note]]Orwell merely reversed the last two digits of that year to devise the title[[/note]] and published the next year, it became one of the most iconic stories in the English language, and introduced the phrases "BigBrotherIsWatching You," "{{thoughtcrime}}," "Thought Police," "Newspeak," and "doublethink" into the English lexicon ([[BeamMeUpScotty but not "doublespeak"]]).



* DownerEnding:
** For the protagonists, at least; besides the aforementioned appendix, there just ''may'' be a single spot of hope left for the world as indicated subtly by the fact that the proletarian woman's symbolic [[{{Leitmotif}} recurring love song outlasts the popularity of the Hate Song. The Party might fall after all, eventually]].
** And also within the 'Oranges and Lemons' motif. When O'Brien continues Winston's recitation of the rhyme a couple of lines beyond Winston's recollection of it, he exclaims 'You knew the last line!,' and O'Brien agrees. But the rhyme as normally told continues a little more ("I'm sure I don't know, said the great bell of Bow," -- that is, interestingly, Bow Bells, the Cockney Londoner's central point.) suggesting that the Inner Party is not as omniscient as it believes.
** The Creator/MichaelRadford movie ended with a subtler 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!"
** The Brotherhood is this. Although O'Brien implies that it's a myth, it must be borne in mind that O'Brien is lying -- the party is not known for its truthfulness. Also possible is a resistance movement that the party does not control (although O'Brien rejects this notion as impractical).

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* DownerEnding:
** For
DownerEnding: After his rehabilitation in the protagonists, at least; besides Ministry of Love and purely psychologically sentencing Julia to his own FateWorseThanDeath, Winston callously and casually assists the aforementioned appendix, there just ''may'' be a single spot Party's war department by allowing them to use his tactical mind through the medium of hope left self-versed chess to distribute Oceania's forces more economically and effectively. His love for the world as indicated subtly by the fact Julia is nonexistent, and she reciprocates. After reading reports that the proletarian woman's symbolic [[{{Leitmotif}} recurring love song outlasts 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 popularity 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 Hate Song. The Party might fall after all, eventually]].
** And also within
novel being the 'Oranges incitement of his intellectual rebellion), and Lemons' motif. When O'Brien continues Winston's recitation finally entertaining the notion of unconditional love for Big Brother as the latter's constituents shoot him threw the back of the rhyme a couple of lines beyond Winston's recollection of it, he exclaims 'You knew the last line!,' and O'Brien agrees. But the rhyme as normally told continues a little more ("I'm sure I don't know, said the great bell of Bow," -- that is, interestingly, Bow Bells, the Cockney Londoner's central point.) suggesting that the Inner Party is not as omniscient as it believes.
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** The Creator/MichaelRadford movie ended with a subtler 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!"
** The Brotherhood is this. Although O'Brien implies that it's a myth, it must be borne in mind that O'Brien is lying -- the party is not known for its truthfulness. Also possible is a resistance movement that the party does not control (although O'Brien rejects this notion as impractical).
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27th Mar '16 7:50:48 PM SelMelvins
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** There exists an actual political ideology known as '[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bolshevism National Bolshevism]]', whose aims include: a rigidly hierarchical society led by a small group of inner elites; the intentional stagnation of technology and culture; the creation of a totalitarian society featuring elements of Stalinism, Maoism, fascism, Nazism, and theocratic absolutism; war for the sake of destroying excess; mass murder and genocide for the sake of itself. Also, its followers wish to establish a superstate known as "Eurasia". It's also the third largest party in Russia.
26th Mar '16 6:53:03 AM ading
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** [[spoiler:Except when he's getting laid with Julia.]]

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** [[spoiler:Except Except when he's getting laid with Julia.]]



* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted. ''Everyone'' in [[CrapsackWorld Oceania]] is hard looking and rough around the edges. Winston is not even in his forties yet and he's already out of shape and seemingly decrepit. Julia is only in her ''twenties'', and yet Winston says that her lips are probably the only part of her [[BrutalHonesty he could genuinely call pretty]]. They fall in love, anyway. [[spoiler:Meanwhile, Winston describes at length O'Brien's friendly, disarming demeanor and mannerisms, along with his 'prize fighter figure.' But this is probably because O'Brien is a member of the inner party, and therefore lives a ''relatively'' easier lifestyle than just about ''everyone'' else]].

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted. ''Everyone'' in [[CrapsackWorld Oceania]] is hard looking and rough around the edges. Winston is not even in his forties yet and he's already out of shape and seemingly decrepit. Julia is only in her ''twenties'', and yet Winston says that her lips are probably the only part of her [[BrutalHonesty he could genuinely call pretty]]. They fall in love, anyway. [[spoiler:Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Winston describes at length O'Brien's friendly, disarming demeanor and mannerisms, along with his 'prize fighter figure.' But this is probably because O'Brien is a member of the inner party, and therefore lives a ''relatively'' easier lifestyle than just about ''everyone'' else]].else.



* CapitalismIsBad: {{Deconstructed}}, and if not this trope itself then certainly the mindset of people who believe that Capitalism is evil. While only glimpses of pre-Ingsoc ruled Britain are revealed via flashbacks, it is recounted in some detail in the book known as ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism]]''. In it, Emmanuel Goldstein, the author[[spoiler: who may or may not still be alive, or may not have even existed in the first place]], examines capitalism and other features of human civilization, leading to the ultimate conclusion that Ingsoc was NotSoDifferent and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters had become like the very people they wished to destroy]].

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* CapitalismIsBad: {{Deconstructed}}, and if not this trope itself then certainly the mindset of people who believe that Capitalism is evil. While only glimpses of pre-Ingsoc ruled Britain are revealed via flashbacks, it is recounted in some detail in the book known as ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism]]''. In it, Emmanuel Goldstein, the author[[spoiler: author who may or may not still be alive, or may not have even existed in the first place]], place, examines capitalism and other features of human civilization, leading to the ultimate conclusion that Ingsoc was NotSoDifferent and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters had become like the very people they wished to destroy]].



* SoftSpokenSadist: O'Brien, especially as played by Creator/RichardBurton in the 1984 film adaptation. He never raises his voice above a shout during [[spoiler:the breaking of Winston]].

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* SoftSpokenSadist: O'Brien, especially as played by Creator/RichardBurton in the 1984 film adaptation. He never raises his voice above a shout during [[spoiler:the the breaking of Winston]].Winston.


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* TortureAlwaysWorks: Inverted. The Party's torture is specifically designed to get the victim to give ''false'' information, a purpose for which it is extremely effective. They don't stop until the victim is willing to say, do, and ''think'' anything the Party wants them to without question.
25th Mar '16 11:45:30 AM Golfball
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** [[spoiler:Except when he's getting laid with Julia.]]
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