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Everyman should enjoy classic literature, which is why the Groupon Guide invented the Everyman's Classics study-guide series. This installment covers:
1984: Book One: Chapter I
It is daytime and it’s bright and also cold. The clock strikes 13 o’clock which isn’t a real time (maybe the book is broken?). This guy Winston Smith is all complaining about the cold in his brain. He walks into his apartment building, Victory Mansions, and brain-complains about dust and the smell of cabbage. He starts walking up the stairs and is being a baby about the elevator being broken and an ulcer in his leg, even though he just saw this totally awesome poster reminding him that his big brother loves him or something.
He gets up into his apartment and there is this awesome Internet TV thing called a telescreen that only gives everyone the best information. But, of course, Winston is a baby about that, too. He even hides from it in the alcove (whatever that is) of his apartment. While he is hiding he takes out a diary and starts thinking about a bunch of boring stuff. How the government works, and movies that he saw in poortown; about this dark-haired girl at work that he hates and also loves, also some guy at work. He sucks. Then he realizes that he has been writing “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” over and over because he is a being baby about his leg hurting probably. Also he thinks about Newspeak, which is this funny way that people talk in the book and say things like doubleplusgood (lol!). Then someone knocks on the door and he gets all scared.
This chapter sets up the major setting (futuristic London), characters (whiny Winston Smith and the pretty girl that he loves and hates), and themes (the wackiness of Newspeak) of the novel. Many scholars agree that the lack of teenage wizards or teenage vampires have made this book irrelevant in modern times, especially since 1984 was a long time ago. Finally, it is humorously ironic that Winston is always complaining and writing “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” given the happy ending awaiting him in the book.
“It was cold and his foot hurt. He thought about this. He thought about his foot and how the stairs made his foot hurt. ‘If only my life were better,’ he said to no one except this awesome poster that showed Big Brother’s cool face.”