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by George Orwell

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Give three examples of how setting affects the actions of Winston, O'Brien, and Julia in 1984.

In 1984, the settings of the Ministry of Truth and the rented room affect Winston and Julia, and the Ministry of Love affects all three of them. While at work in the Ministry of Truth, Winston and Julia’s behavior is restrained by their awareness of Big Brother’s surveillance. In the rented room, they feel free enough to conduct their affair. In the Ministry of Love, O’Brien controls each of them at different times until they embrace his views.

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The settings in George Orwell’s novel have significant effects on the characters. The ministries with the incongruous names, as well as the room Winston rents for him and Julia, play important roles in shaping their behavior.

Like many other people, Winston and Julia work for the Party and Big Brother. At the Ministry of Truth, all the employees are under constant surveillance. As they work in separate departments, they initially have little interaction, and Winston thinks that Julia might be a...

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