Abridge Summary of Part 1

The first part talks about Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party,a good party member in complete conformance with the wishes of Big Brother  the leader of the Inner Party. He keeps his faithful for the workings of the Party  for the vile food and drink, the terrible housing, the conversion of children into spies, the orchestrated histrionics of the Two Minutes Hate,  for he knows that such feelings are an offense punishable by death, or worse. But, as the year 1984 begins, he has decided, against his better judgment, to keep a diary. He sits back in an alcove in his dingy apartment, just out of view of the telescreen and writes of his hate for Big Brother. Winston’s job is to alter  all past news articles which have since been proven to be false. Only once has he ever held in his hands absolute proof that the Ministry was lying. It concerned three revolutionaries, Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford, who were executed for planning a revolt against the state. Winston found evidence that their confessions were falsified and out of fear he destroyed that evidence. One day during a Two Minutes’ Hate session, Winston catches the eye of O’Brien, a member of the Inner Party who seems to carry the same disillusionment about the Party that Winston harbors. Winston realizes that all the stories told by the Party about Emmanuel Goldstein the head of an underground conspiracy to overthrow the Party and the traitorous Brotherhood are at least partly true. Winston’s wanderings among the proles, desperately searching for that little bit of hope, take him one evening to the junk shop where he purchased his diary. The proprietor, Mr. Charrington, Shows him a back room outfitted with a bed, where he and his wife used to live before the Revolution. And there is no telescreen the proles aren’t required to have them. As he leaves the shop, Winston notices that he is being watched. A dark haired woman was spying on him. Fearing the worst, Winston contemplates killing her, but instead he quickly went home.

Written by: Diego Poujol

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