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

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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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 and he 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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In 1984, the exposition of the story takes place in the opening chapters in which the reader learns about life in Oceania. More specifically, the reader learns how the Party controls people, like Winston, through the telescreens, the Thought Police, and the Two Minutes Hate. We also see how the people live in poverty and deprivation, as shown by the crumbing and dilapidated Victory Mansions. 

As part of the exposition, the reader is also introduced to Winston and his feelings of frustration and hatred toward Big Brother and the Party. 

The rising action consists of many different events which build to the story's climax. Winston's meeting with Julia and his meeting with O'Brien (and initiation into the Brotherhood) are some examples. These contribute to the story's suspense and tension. 

The falling action takes place in the final chapter of the story when Julia meets with Winston in the café. In this final meeting, it is revealed that in Room 101 they both betrayed each other. 

Finally, the resolution occurs in the closing paragraph. Winston loves Big Brother. He, therefore, now embodies everything that he once hated and fought to destroy.

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The rising action is the introduction of the main characters, the setting and the main conflict in the book. It's the part where we learn about Winston and his life and what problems he must deal with. The rising action continues until the climax, and the climax occurs when Winston is tortured to the point that he says he loves Big Brother. After the climax, there is the falling action, which sometimes acts as the resolution as well. The falling action is shown when Winston is in the café after getting out of prison, and he remembers his meeting with Julia at the end of book three.

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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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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.