15 Major Events in 1984 by George Orwell

Timeline created by Austin Watson
  • 1984

    1984
    Winston, 30 years old and a part of the Party.Begins to write in a diary after he discoveres a corner of his room that is undetectable by the telescreen.
  • Winston's Dream

    Winston begins to have dreams of his mother and sister, realizing the way he had treated her and his behavior was unacceptable. But he knows her death would not have been recorded and if so, it would have been changed by the Party.
  • Diary

    Winston writes in his diary, revealing the details of a night when he had sex with a prole prostitute whose face is thickly painted in makeup. Winston struggles with his internal turmoil surrounding this disdainful act, noting to himself that man's nervous system is his worst enemy.
  • Facecrime

    Winston and a few collegues are discussing things that they do and Party related topics when they are interrupted by announcements from the telescreen. Winston begins to think about all the lies being told and the fate of people in his life. After minutes of gazing he soon comes back into focus only to find the dark-haired girl staring at him who quickly looks away. Winston believes she will report him for facecrime.
  • Proles

    After thinking about an altercation he once observed, he realized that the proles are the only hope to stop the Party's totalitarian power. But as long as they continue to blindly follow, nothing will ever change. (George Orwell, 2013) "Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."
  • Memory Hole

    While Winston is at work, a thing of papers comes to his workstation, containing Party documents and radom papers. Among them, Winston finds a newspaper clipping regarding an incident the Party tried to cover up. After reading it, holding the evidence in his hands, reluctantly tosses the clipping into the memory hole. Destroying the evidence, but never destroying the experience.
  • The old man and the unknown Revolution

    After work one night, Winston decides to walk the streets of London to clear his head. Even after being warned about the possible "steamer" attack, he goes anyway. After surviving the attack, he wandered to an area that he recognizes, Across the street from the Antique shop he notices an old man enter a pub and follows. He tries asking the old man to think back before the Revolution and to explain anything. But he soon discovers the old man does not have relative information.
  • The Room

    After the pub, Winston finds himself going back to the Antique shop he bought his diary at. Despite his instinct, he goes into the store, while there he begins to talk to the shop owner Mr. Charrington. During their conversation Mr. Charrington tells Winston that he may use the empty room above the store for a small fee. There is no telescreen.
  • The Dark-Haired Girl

    Winston takes a break at work to use the restroom. As he walks down the hallway, the dark-haired girl falls to the floor and Winston hurriedly helps her up. On the way up she discreetly hands him a piece of paper and instead of immediately opening it he waits at his desk for 5 minutes. Inside said "I Love you".
  • 1st Date

    After the encounter in the hallway Julia, the dark-haired girl, continues to find ways to talk to Winston and she devised a plan to meet each other somewhere. After given directions Winston meets up with Julia, she guides him to an area and proceeds to take her clothes off exactly like in a dream that Winston had recently dreamed about. They have sex. A blow to the Party.
  • 2nd Date

    After a while of not seeing each other. Winston and Julia decide to meet again. This time Winston rents out the room above Mr. Charrington again considering their last encounter was difficult. This time Julia brings make up, real tea, real coffee, and sugar. Winston realizes the Party subjects the proles to live in squalor and are given substitutions for everything while the Party members get to live in riches, enjoy good food and other extravagances. The two have sex on a large bed and sleep.
  • Captured

    One morning after the two woke up, after having a short conversation they're interrupted by a telescreen. Troops storm in and smash the paperweight. The troops kick Winston and beat Julia. As the troops restrain Winston, Mr. Charrington enters the room and orders someone to pick up the shards from the shattered paperweight. Winston realizes that Mr. Charrington’s voice was the one coming from the telescreen, and that Mr. Charrington is a member of the Thought Police
  • Torture pt. 1

    Winston sits in a bright, bare cell in which the lights are always on—he has at last arrived at the place where there is no darkness. Four telescreens monitor him. As O'Brien enters his cell Winston is relieved, only to find out that someone he thought to be associated with the Brotherhood is actually an operative for the Ministry of Love.
  • Torture pt. 2

    As O’Brien increases the pain, Winston agrees to accept that O’Brien is holding up five fingers, though he knows that O’Brien is actually holding up only four; he agrees that anything O’Brien wants him to believe is true. He begins to love O’Brien, because O’Brien stops the pain; he even convinces himself that O’Brien isn’t the source of the pain. O’Brien tells Winston that Winston’s current outlook is insane, but that torture will cure him.
  • Torture pt. 3

    In Room 101, O’Brien straps Winston to a chair, then clamps Winston’s head so that he cannot move. He tells Winston that Room 101 contains “the worst thing in the world.” He reminds Winston of his worst nightmare—the dream of being in a dark place with something terrible on the other side of the wall—and informs him that rats are on the other side of the wall. O’Brien picks up a cage full of enormous, squirming rats and places it near Winston. He quickly betrays Julia, O'Brien is pleased.
  • Winston's Fate

    Though his stay at the Ministry of Love has broken his mind and will and though his love for Big Brother precludes the need to think for himself, Winston still envisions the day that the Party will shoot him. And after everything he went through, he was shot anyway, just as O'Brien had confirmed in the prison cell.