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Barron's Booknotes-1984 by George Orwell-Free Book Notes
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GLOSSARY

DOUBLETHINK - To hold two contradictory opinions, knowing they are contradictory and believing in both.

EASTASIA - One of the three superpowers in the world, consisting of China, Japan, Manchuria, Mongolia and Tibet. Sometimes at war with Oceania.

EURASIA - Another superpower, made up of all northern Europe and western Asia. Sometimes at war with Oceania, where Winston Smith lives.

HATE WEEK - Week in which Oceanian citizens all attend rallies and parades to inflame hatred of Party enemies and heighten their efforts on behalf of Oceania.

INGSOC - The name of the Party that rules Oceania, where Winston lives. Name taken from English Socialism, a form of government in England, which Orwell exaggerated and pushed to the limits of his imagination. Writing the novel, Orwell made it plain he was not attacking English Socialism as it existed in 1948-9.


JULIA - The dark-haired rebellious Party member Winston loves.

NEWSPEAK - Official language of the Party.

O'BRIEN - A powerful Inner Party member who is either Winston's best friend, worst enemy or both.

OCEANIA - Superstate in which Winston Smith lives. Made up of the Americas and the Atlantic islands, including the British Isles, Australia, and the southern portion of Africa. Always at war with one or both of the other superstates.

OWNLIFE - Individuality or eccentricity.

PROLES - Short for proletarians, the uneducated common people.

TELESCREEN - Giant screen in every public and private place that both transmits Party propaganda and entertainment, and keeps an eye on Party members, looking for traces of Thoughtcrime.

THOUGHTCRIME - Thinking anything not approved by the Party. Anyone apprehended for thoughtcrime will be vaporized.

THOUGHT POLICE - Corps assigned to arresting people guilty of Thoughtcrime.

UNPERSON - A criminal who has been purged and therefore ceases to exist. The person has been removed from the Party and perhaps even vaporized and removed from history through changes in written records.

VAPORIZED - Fate of enemies of the Party. The person disappears, only Big Brother knows how.

VICTORY CIGARETTES/GIN/MANSIONS - The Party gives these names to inferior products to make them seem more attractive.

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