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What is the setting in 1984 and why is it important?Help! I need to know the time and...

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pill44444 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 11, 2012 at 2:08 PM via web

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What is the setting in 1984 and why is it important?

Help! I need to know the time and place of the story. More importantly, I need to know why and how they are important and affect the story.

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted June 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM (Answer #1)

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The setting of 1984 is the fictional country of Oceania some time in the future.  Orwell, having written the book in 1948 project this future as the year 1984.  Oceania is one of three world powers; the other two are Eurasia and Eastasia.  War with one or the other world power is constant.

The setting is important because the war between the world powers mimics the events of the aftermath aftermath of WWII and the impending Cold War.  Dictators like Stalin, Trotsky and Hitler had all made attempts at domination, drawing attention to the power of large nations.  Communisim also struck fear in many Americans and Europeans.  The idea of secret police and intricate spy rings begin to rise, which is reflected in Oceania's omnipresent Big Brother.

Generally, the book uses a fictious and futuristic dystopia to parallel the possible course for the world in the late 1940s.

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