In a book like Orwell's, you will find it difficult to break it down to 12 events. At the same time, there will be so many different voices clamoring for other events to be included as opposed to the ones that I include. The more voices present, the better. Yet, as with all issues of choice, it will be difficult and rather intense to reduce the intricate events of the novel into 12 events.
Event #1: Winston writes the diary. I think this would have to be one of the most important events in the novel because it sets into motion Winston's "awakening" and sense of resistance that makes him so fundamentally different than others in Oceania. In contrast to Winston's job at the Ministry of Truth, one recognizes the rebellious act of writing in the diary because it seeks to reconfigure language as something subjective and personal. At the same time, the mere act of writing the diary showcases the extent of centralized control in Oceania.
Event #2: Winston's First Experience with...
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