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George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning. He wrote it right after World War II, and his intention was to describe a society which he never wanted to exist in reality. However, sadly, the fictional society of Oceania is eerily reminiscent of Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Soviet Union, both of which were in power during Orwell's time, suggesting that the warning had come too late for those citizens.

Big Brother's physical characteristics are eerily similar to the physical attributes of both Hitler and Stalin. They all have dark moustaches and charismatic rhetorical styles.

Orwell worked for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) during the war. This probably gave him the inspiration for "newspeak" from all the technical jargon and bureaucratic hypocrisy prevalent in the language.

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Historical Context
Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
Plot Summary
Part One, Chapter One
Part One, Chapter Two
Part One, Chapter Three
Part One, Chapter Four
Part One, Chapter Five
Part One, Chapter Six
Part One, Chapter Seven
Part One, Chapter Eight
Part Two, Chapter One
Part Two, Chapter Two
Part Two, Chapter Three
Part Two, Chapter Four
Part Two, Chapter Five
Part Two, Chapter Six
Part Two, Chapter Seven
Part Two, Chapter Eight
Part Two, Chapter Nine
Part Two, Chapter Ten
Part Three, Chapter One
Part Three, Chapter Two
Part Three, Chapter Three
Part Three, Chapter Four
Part Three, Chapter Five
Part Three, Chapter Six


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