1984 Summary


By the end of this video, you will be brainwashed. There's nothing you can do about it; we just wanted to let you know. We like to think we're bigger than Big Brother...

AuthorOrwell - George Orwell
British LiteratureAll British Literature
Post-1945 British Literature
FormNovel
LanguageEnglish Language
LiteratureBritish Literature
Dystopian Literature
Post-1945 Literature
ThemesLanguage and Communication
Loyalty
Manipulation
Memory and the Past
Philosophical Viewpoints
Power
Rebellion
Repression
Technology and Modernization
Violence
War and Warfare

Transcript

00:30

It's enough to give a guy a complex. Don’t believe me? You try peeing in front of a telescreen.

00:40

… I'm a member of the Party of Oceania, which

00:43

sounds glamorous…

00:44

…but it's kind of a drag. I have to wear overalls, which are all wrong for my body

00:47

type…

00:47

…and my job is absolutely mind-numbing. The party likes to change history a lot, and

00:51

whenever it does, I'm the “White-out Guy.”

00:53

There aren't many perks to living in Oceania.

00:56

You are the one bright spot in my life, Diary, and I'm pretty sure I'd be killed if anyone

01:01

found out that you existed. The Party isn’t exactly supportive of free thinking.

01:06

It’s not like there’s any juicy bits in here, though, because I don't have much of

01:10

a love life to write about. There is one girl I’ve got the hots for, but she's sworn to

01:14

celibacy. Great.

01:14

Plus, she acts like a real snob. I was pretty sure she hated me, too, but the other day

01:19

she slipped me a note saying that she loved me! Wowza!

01:22

That kind of thing just doesn't happen in Oceania. We aren't really allowed to date,

01:24

much less fall in love. Now that I know her, Julia and I get along

01:26

pretty well, although she's not as into the revolutionary stuff as I am. She just wants

01:30

me for my body. I guess I'll learn to live with it, somehow.

01:31

Julia and rented a secret room in a secondhand store without any recording devices. Which

01:35

is fine with me, because I really don't want a sex tape getting leaked.

01:36

Our gooses are totally cooked if we’re discovered, but torture and death won't be a big deal,

01:37

as long as Julia and I stay secretly true to each other.

01:37

I mean… how bad could a little torture be, anyway…right? …. Right?

01:38

By now you’ve probably gotten the impression that the Party is a sinister, mind-controlling

01:42

government. You’d be correct. But there is one force that resists the party...the

01:52

Brotherhood.

01:53

No, they're not a group of mutants with superpowers, but how cool would that be?

01:58

Still, even without a telepathy-resistant helmet, anyone who fights Big Brother is okay

02:01

with me.

02:02

You know, this guy at work, O'Brien, gave me a weird look the other day, and it made

02:07

me wonder whether he's a member of the Brotherhood!

02:09

But it's not just something you can just come out and mention to a guy, like… telling

02:10

him he’s got spinach in his teeth. Breaking news, Diary…it’s true! O'Brien

02:13

invited Julia and me over to his pad. It was so cool. He even turned off his telescreen

02:16

so nobody could eavesdrop on us!

02:17

O’Brien has tons of actual books which somehow escaped the Party’s clutches, and he loaned

02:24

me the manifesto of the Brotherhood! What a guy.

02:29

I'm actually starting to think that life might not be an endless slog fill of drudgery and

02:33

despair!

02:34

Okay, Diary. I'm writing this entry in my head, because you aren't here. Where am I?

02:42

Well, that's a funny story...

02:43

Let me sum it up for you... O'Brien is really in cahoots with the Thought Police, and he's

02:50

been watching me for 7 years. How did I not figure out that this guy was an evil genius?

02:55

He's also really good at torture, and his goal is to brainwash me until I love Big Brother

03:00

again.

03:00

Yeah right. I'll always secretly hate that mustachioed twerp, and keep on loving Julia.

03:08

Even if O'Brien says she ratted me out in interrogation.

03:10

Speaking of rats…I really hoped nobody would figure out that rats are my worst nightmare,

03:12

but what do you know… O'Brien guessed it!  

03:13

He had rats… big, hungry rats! And he was going to put them on my face!

03:21

And you know what? I decided to opt out of that. Yes sir. I told O'Brien to put those

03:28

rats on Julia's face, not mine! And then it was over!

03:31

Shoot, if I'd known It was that easy, I would have sold Julia out a long time ago. I don't

03:33

need her anymore, anyway. I'm a happy man now. I just love Big Brother. Don't you?