In George Orwell's 1984, what are the purposes (main theme) in books one, two, and three?  I was just wondering how these different purposes in each book tie in together in the end since Orwell...

In George Orwell's 1984, what are the purposes (main theme) in books one, two, and three? 

I was just wondering how these different purposes in each book tie in together in the end since Orwell did divide them up into three seperate sections. Thank you very much! =)

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Part One's purpose is mainly to teach the reader about the Party and how it works. We learn about Newspeak and its function, we learn about the Thought Police, the telescreens, Two Minutes Hate, Winston's job, Oceania, other regions of the world, we meet key characters that come in to play later, and ultimately we learn of Winston's Thought Crimes and notorious journal that is the vehicle which gets his disloyalty up and running.

Part Two's purpose is to build the escalating disloyalty with Julia. Winston and Julia together commit several acts of disloyalty. Part Two really builds the case against Winston and Julia. It is at the close of Part Two when Julia and Winston are exposed, arrested, and taken to the Ministry of Love.

Part Three's purpose is show the power the Party possesses over the minds of its inhabitants. It shows the lengths they are willing to go through in order to reestablish loyalty within in the Party.

Each Part sets a foundation for the next and the adds to the overall themes of the book. Probably the most prominent themes seen throughout the book are censorship and the power of the government, namely the dictatorship of Big Brother (The Inner Party).