Police, Big Brother, Orwellian.
These words have become part of our national vocabulary because of George
Orwell's classic novel, 1984, the story of one man's nightmare
odyssey through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that
controls not only information, but individual thought and memory. A minor
functionary named Winston Smith joins a covert brotherhood and pursues a
forbidden love affair against the cold, gray backdrop of the Republic of
Oceaniaonly to become a hunted enemy of the state...and Big Brother.
half a century after it was written, Orwell's prophetic, haunting tale of
conformity and identity strikes a disturbing chord. As we follow Winston
Smith through his rebellion, imprisonment, torture, and reeducation, we
witness firsthand the worst crime we can inflict upon ourselves and
others: the destruction of the truths and freedoms that make us who we
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