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At the end of the hall, a poster covered one wall. It showed an enormous
face, more than a metre wide: the face of a handsome man of about
forty-five, with a large black moustache. The man's eyes seemed to follow
Winston as he moved. Below the face were the words BIG BROTHER
IS WATCHING YOU.
Winston Smith lives in a world where everyone is watched every
second of the day. It is a world where Big Brother and the Thought
Police control the past as well as the present. They decide what
you must do and, even more frighteningly, what you must think.
Winston is secretly unhappy w i t h this life. He seems to be
the only person w h o is dissatisfied w i t h this cruel world. Here,
dishonesty and betrayal are rewarded, but truth and love are
punished. Alone in his small one-room apartment,Winston keeps
a diary of his thoughts and dreams. This is a dangerous activity. If
the diary is ever found, Winston w i l l be punished, possibly killed,
by the Thought Police. The Thought Police have a telescreen in
every room in every home and in every public place. They also
have hidden microphones and there are spies everywhere...
Life is dangerous for Winston, but it would be empty and
meaningless without his dreams of a better existence. W i l l his
anger w i t h the Party and his desire for a life outside its control
lead h i m to happiness? Is he alone in his fight against the Party?
There must, somewhere, be people like h i m w h o also dream of
freedom and escape from this terrible life? But even if there were
others, how would he know that they were not really working
for the Thought Police?
The answer to these questions can all be found in George
Orwell's famous but very worrying book 1984. W r i t t e n in 1948,