It’s 1984, Winston Smith wakes up early in the morning, takes a shower, has breakfast and goes to his work in the Ministry of Truth, were he destroys everything related to the past or could be used against the Big Brother. He has a little snack for lunch, keeps on working some hours more, and goes home to sleep. Then, the day begins again. This is the same, always, day by day, forever. Winston lives in London, the London of the Big Brother, in Oceania, one of the three inter-continental superstates that control the world, which are in a continuous war that never finishes. However, the Big Brother is the best, the one that always wins and the most powerful, that’s what everyone has to think. And not only that, everyone has to live for the Big Brother. But, Winston is beginning to think that there must be something wrong with all of this. So, one day, he begins to look for the answer to all his questions, even though he knows that he is going against the Big Brother and this is considered a betrayal, so he will definitively finish being assassinated, as everyone who tries to finish with the Big Brother. During his silent fight, he meets Julia, a young women who reveals him that she hates the Big Brother as he does, so both of them begin a road of just one side as lovers against the Party. But all their aims fail when they’re betrayed by the person they both most trusted.
George Orwell wrote this book in 1949, as a prediction of what could happen in an early future, after the Second World War. And, he predicted very well, in some way. How a country can reach happiness, taking off freedom. It’s been one of the most relevant books of the twentieth century, and one of the most important of the Universal Literature.
Guillermo Ávila García. 4ºA ESO