1950-01-21 London, UK / Big Brother / Großer Bruder / Grande Irmão / Hermano Mayor

The tyranny is ostensibly overseen by Big Brother, the Inner Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality. The Inner Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power.

The people are constantly reminded of this by the slogan ‘Big Brother is watching you’, today a popular a synonym for abuse of government power, particularly in respect to civil liberties, often specifically related to mass surveillance.

1984 is set in Oceania, a World of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation. Oceania’s residents are dictated by a political regime euphemistically named English Socialism.

The superstate is under the control of the privileged, elite Inner Party. The Inner Party persecutes individualism and independent thinking known as thoughtcrimes and is enforced by the Thought Police.

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, Awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

He used to say the one thing he wished in this World was that he had been attractive to women. He liked women and had many girlfriends. He had a girl in Southwold and another girl in London. He was rather a womaniser, yet he was afraid he was not attractive.

Orwell’s wedding took place in the hospital room on 13th October 1949. Orwell’s health was in decline again by Christmas. On the evening of 20 January 1950, a friend visited Orwell and slipped away on finding him asleep.

Another friend visited later and claimed that Orwell gave him 25% of the company. Early on the following morning, 21st January, an artery burst in Orwell’s lungs, killing him at age 46.

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