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What is the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution for 1984?

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sdevon777 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 12, 2007 at 4:37 AM via web

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What is the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution for 1984?

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted June 12, 2007 at 5:21 AM (Answer #1)

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Exposition: As the novel opens, Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party from Oceania, feels frustrated by the oppression and rigid control of the Party, which prohibits free thought, sex, and any expression of individuality. Winston dislikes the party and has illegally purchased a diary in which to write his criminal thoughts.

Rising Action: Winston works in the Ministry of Truth. He alters historical records to fit the needs of the Party. He is troubled by the Party’s control of history: the Party claims that Oceania has always been allied with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia, but Winston seems to recall a time when this was not true. The Party also claims that Emmanuel Goldstein, the alleged leader of the Brotherhood, is the most dangerous man alive, but this does not seem plausible to Winston, as his hatred for the Party grows more and more intense. At last, he receives the message that he has been waiting for: O’Brien wants to see him.

Climax: Winston’s torture with the cage of rats in Room 101.

Falling Action: Winston’s time in the café following his release from prison, including the memory of his meeting with Julia at the end of Book Three.

Resolution: Winston’s spirit is broken.  Winston is released to the outside world. He meets Julia, but no longer feels anything for her. He has accepted the Party entirely and has learned to love Big Brother.

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simoneguerra | Student | eNoter

Posted June 12, 2011 at 9:34 PM (Answer #2)

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Exposition: As the novel opens, Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party from Oceania, feels frustrated by the oppression and rigid control of the Party, which prohibits free thought, sex, and any expression of individuality. Winston dislikes the party and has illegally purchased a diary in which to write his criminal thoughts.

Rising Action: Winston works in the Ministry of Truth. He alters historical records to fit the needs of the Party. He is troubled by the Party’s control of history: the Party claims that Oceania has always been allied with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia, but Winston seems to recall a time when this was not true. The Party also claims that Emmanuel Goldstein, the alleged leader of the Brotherhood, is the most dangerous man alive, but this does not seem plausible to Winston, as his hatred for the Party grows more and more intense. At last, he receives the message that he has been waiting for: O’Brien wants to see him.

Climax: Winston’s torture with the cage of rats in Room 101.

Falling Action: Winston’s time in the café following his release from prison, including the memory of his meeting with Julia at the end of Book Three.

Resolution: Winston’s spirit is broken.  Winston is released to the outside world. He meets Julia, but no longer feels anything for her. He has accepted the Party entirely and has learned to love Big Brother.

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parama9000 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM (Answer #3)

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Exposition: Winston is introduced to the readers  as a man working in the Ministry of Truth. He begans to develop doubts and he decides to write a diary illegally.

Rising Action: He feels troubled and is brought into the supposed conspiracy against Big Brother by O Brien.

Climax: It was a conspiracy against him, though conspiracy is too strong a word, and he and Julia are captured and tortured.

Falling Action: He is losing his individualism and briefly remembers Julia, before he is subjected to further torture.

Resolution: He is completely stripped of individualism and he has accepted 2+2=5 and loves Big Brother.

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