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Goal of the Paper

The goal of the paper is to analyze the novel and draw connections between it and real-life events, both past and present, in order to further understand the influences impacting Orwell at the time of his writing and realize the prophetic nature of the book.  "Compare/draw connections" can also mean contrast/explain the differences.  The angle you take depends on your thesis statement and what you wish to argue.

The entire paper is here.

Due Date

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Research Options

Option 1. Analyze the role of the proles in Oceania, drawing connections to Winston's opinion of their function and the overall idea of the proletariat (working class) social class in real life, the past, and/or the present."

Option 2. Analyze the ways in which INGSOC uses technology to invade the privacy of its citizens (and justifies its actions), and compare the party's methods to real-life government(s), past and/or present.

Option 3. Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of "mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment."  Analyze the role of "groupthink" in Oceania, drawing connections to a real-life past and/or current events.

Suggested Databases


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1. Six sources required:

  • The novel 1984
  • Two database sources
  • One documentary or personal interview
  • Two others of your choice

2. Properly formatted Works Cited.  Use

3. Completed Notes Sheet.  Use the Library's sheet. (File and Make a Copy.)

4. Formal paper:  3-5 pages, MLA Format: cover page, title, heading, running reader, parenthetical documentation, etc.


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