1984 George orwell

What is 1984?

1984 is a dystopian novel written by George Orwell.


There are a few vocabulary terms which may be unfamiliar to you.

Dystopia - An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

Totalitarian - Relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.

Dictatorial - Of or typical of a ruler with total power.

Newspeak - Ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda.

Doublethink - The acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.

In this unit, we will be reading 1984 by George Orwell. During reading, we will be thinking about several questions and themes.

What is memory? How does what we remember reflect who we are?

What does it mean to be a person? Is it physical, mental, both, neither? When does person-hood begin and end?

What is love? How does this story depict love?

Does a story need to have a happy ending in order to be "good"? What makes an ending unhappy? What makes an ending satisfying?


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