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SparkNotes Literature Guides: Making the reading experience fun!  When a paper is due, and dreaded exams loom, here's the lit-crit help students need to succeed! SparkNotes Literature Guides make studying smarter, better, and faster. They provide chapter-by-chapter analysis; explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols; a review quiz; and essay topics. Lively and ac SparkNotes Literature Guides: Making the reading experience fun!  When a paper is due, and dreaded exams loom, here's the lit-crit help students need to succeed! SparkNotes Literature Guides make studying smarter, better, and faster. They provide chapter-by-chapter analysis; explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols; a review quiz; and essay topics. Lively and accessible, SparkNotes is perfect for late-night studying and paper writing. Includes: An A+ Essay—an actual literary essay written about the Spark-ed book—to show students how a paper should be written. 16 pages devoted to writing a literary essay including: a glossary of literary terms Step-by-step tutoring on how to write a literary essay A feature on how not to plagiarize


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SparkNotes Literature Guides: Making the reading experience fun!  When a paper is due, and dreaded exams loom, here's the lit-crit help students need to succeed! SparkNotes Literature Guides make studying smarter, better, and faster. They provide chapter-by-chapter analysis; explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols; a review quiz; and essay topics. Lively and ac SparkNotes Literature Guides: Making the reading experience fun!  When a paper is due, and dreaded exams loom, here's the lit-crit help students need to succeed! SparkNotes Literature Guides make studying smarter, better, and faster. They provide chapter-by-chapter analysis; explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols; a review quiz; and essay topics. Lively and accessible, SparkNotes is perfect for late-night studying and paper writing. Includes: An A+ Essay—an actual literary essay written about the Spark-ed book—to show students how a paper should be written. 16 pages devoted to writing a literary essay including: a glossary of literary terms Step-by-step tutoring on how to write a literary essay A feature on how not to plagiarize

30 review for 1984: George Orwell (SparkNotes Literature Guide)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Prashant Gupta

    A very difficult book to rate. Orwell's imaginative thinking about the society of future is shockingly accurate and deserves an applause. In a way, Orwell follows what he has quoted in the book "The best books are those that tell you what you already know". There is nothing in the plot which the reader does not know already or can not guess. In spite of that I had an urge to keep reading the next page till the very end.(Yes, even the section on Newspeak which is absolute waste) In most of the coun A very difficult book to rate. Orwell's imaginative thinking about the society of future is shockingly accurate and deserves an applause. In a way, Orwell follows what he has quoted in the book "The best books are those that tell you what you already know". There is nothing in the plot which the reader does not know already or can not guess. In spite of that I had an urge to keep reading the next page till the very end.(Yes, even the section on Newspeak which is absolute waste) In most of the countries, there are elements of madness which Orwell has described in Oceania (The hypothetical country ruled by Big Brother ). Moral Policing, thought policing, craze for absolute power, tweaking of historical facts and blind bigotry are the evils that can sap the happiness out of society and create the nightmarish situation described in the book. A must read for political enthusiasts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MÉYO

    In preparation for a book club meet-up, I read the SparkNotes for the literary masterpiece "1984" and I got chills as I refreshed my memory on the awesomeness of this book! Apart from quick chapter summations and great plot/character analysis, the book also has a section on how to write a literary essay. The book teaches how to deconstruct a book, drill down to the salient themes, pattern recognition, thesis development and how to present your analysis with the proper justifications, grammar and In preparation for a book club meet-up, I read the SparkNotes for the literary masterpiece "1984" and I got chills as I refreshed my memory on the awesomeness of this book! Apart from quick chapter summations and great plot/character analysis, the book also has a section on how to write a literary essay. The book teaches how to deconstruct a book, drill down to the salient themes, pattern recognition, thesis development and how to present your analysis with the proper justifications, grammar and syntax.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amcii Cullum

    One of my all-time favorite!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Fantastic book, couldn't put it down! Fantastic book, couldn't put it down!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fabiola Parmesan

    Reading 1984 is a unique experience that changes the reader as few other books can do. In this nightmarish warning against the horrors of totalitarian regimes, Orwell imagines a grotesque mixture of Hitler and Stalin with a touch of capitalist greed, teaching us how to recognise the same approach in contemporary politics and ideology, from propaganda to the manipulation of language. A powerful demonstration of the connection been words and ideas, showing how important education is to obtain free Reading 1984 is a unique experience that changes the reader as few other books can do. In this nightmarish warning against the horrors of totalitarian regimes, Orwell imagines a grotesque mixture of Hitler and Stalin with a touch of capitalist greed, teaching us how to recognise the same approach in contemporary politics and ideology, from propaganda to the manipulation of language. A powerful demonstration of the connection been words and ideas, showing how important education is to obtain freedom. Big Brother's victory at the end of the novel is complete: Orwell deliberately leaves no hope at all so that his message will be even clearer. Whoever accepts a totalitarian regime underestimating the risks will have no way out of it. 'He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. The edition is specially tailored to the needs of English learners and contains the original text with numerous explanatory notes, an introduction, the keywords to understand the main ideas, several activities, and an essay by Orwell on politics and the English Language.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nanya Srivastava

    I almost didn't read it. The description read too much like that of Animal Farm, which I found average (probably because what was new then, seems common now). But when I found people comparing it to the situation in India today, I decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did. The book is amazing. I've heard of Orwellian society before, but it was this book that helped me understand its true meaning. W Smith, the protagonist, lives in a dystopian society where all citizens are under constant sur I almost didn't read it. The description read too much like that of Animal Farm, which I found average (probably because what was new then, seems common now). But when I found people comparing it to the situation in India today, I decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did. The book is amazing. I've heard of Orwellian society before, but it was this book that helped me understand its true meaning. W Smith, the protagonist, lives in a dystopian society where all citizens are under constant surveillance. The Big Brother is always watching them. The world is war-torn, and is likely to remain so all eternity. Smith decides to think and question the world, and that is a thought crime, the worst of crimes you can commit. He has memories, and believes that Past exists. He works at the Ministry of Truth, where he alters newspaper reports etc to suite the current propaganda of the Party. The story moves slowly, but that's because a lot of text goes into explaining the society which forms the basis of this book. It's a great read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Bello

    That weird feeling of frustration, incredulity, acceptance, and deja vu that one gets after going over "1984" Novel/prophecy and comparing it to the current political atmosphere That weird feeling of frustration, incredulity, acceptance, and deja vu that one gets after going over "1984" Novel/prophecy and comparing it to the current political atmosphere

  8. 4 out of 5

    J Crossley

    This was a good summary of 1984. While it is not a substitute for reading the novel, it is a good study companion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dina Ahmed

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ريفيو_بيت_الكتب #كل_يوم_كتاب #اليوم_الثالث 1984/جورج أورويل "الولاء يعني عدم التفكير؛بل هو عدم الحاجة للتفكير؛الولاء يعني عدم الوعي" "لكي يثوروا يجي أن يعوا؛و لكي يعوا يجب أن يثوروا" من أكثر الروايات إرهاقا، فهي تعطي صورة رمزية واقعية لنظم الحكومات الشمولية فمهما طال الزمن أو قصر أو تغيرت السياسات فلا بد إن وجدت نظم شمولية أن تكون بتلك الصورة المرعبة... أخذنا أورويل-بغض النظر عن سيرته الذاتية-في رحلة إلى عالم الديستوبيا-المدينة الفاسدة-و قد قسم العالم إلى قسمين:أعضاء الحزب و هم صفوة المجتمع و ما دونهم ريفيو_بيت_الكتب #كل_يوم_كتاب #اليوم_الثالث 1984/جورج أورويل "الولاء يعني عدم التفكير؛بل هو عدم الحاجة للتفكير؛الولاء يعني عدم الوعي" "لكي يثوروا يجي أن يعوا؛و لكي يعوا يجب أن يثوروا" من أكثر الروايات إرهاقا، فهي تعطي صورة رمزية واقعية لنظم الحكومات الشمولية فمهما طال الزمن أو قصر أو تغيرت السياسات فلا بد إن وجدت نظم شمولية أن تكون بتلك الصورة المرعبة... أخذنا أورويل-بغض النظر عن سيرته الذاتية-في رحلة إلى عالم الديستوبيا-المدينة الفاسدة-و قد قسم العالم إلى قسمين:أعضاء الحزب و هم صفوة المجتمع و ما دونهم حيوانات و القسم الآخر:مطلقوا السراح-أي العامة- خلال صفحات الرواية سيتكرر على مسمعك كلمات ك( شرطة الفكر /جريمة الفكر/رابطة الأخوة/وزارة الحقيقة/شرطة الرصد/رابطة الشباب/ "أنت خائن،أنت مجرم فكر") و في كل مكان لوحة كبيرة بصورة الأخ الكبير مكتوب فوقها "الأخ الكبير يراقبكم" الأخ الكبير هو بمثابة المسيح المخلص لتلك المجتمعات الشمولية،فكل شيء في تلك المجتمعات ينصب لمصلحة السلطة فنجد الإعلام الموجه و الأدب الموجه و اللغة الموجهة حتى المشاعر و الغرائز البشرية تصبح موجهة من أجل المصلحة العليا للحزب تقع الرواية في ولاية تابعة لإقليم اوقيانوسيا؛ كان بطلنا ونستون يعمل في وزارة الحقيقة يقوم بتعديل خطابات الأخ الأكبر التي يتنبأ بها بمستقبل البلاد بما يتوافق مع الوقائع الموجودة.. يوجد الشخصية المضادة للأخ الأكبر ألا و هو غولدشتاين عدو الحزب الذي كان يهتف ضده أعضاء الحزب في دقيقتي الكراهية لانه كان يقول بأن الثورة تمت سرقتها و أن شعارات الثورة الأساسية تم تغييرها و لم تحقق أهدافها فكان يصرخ أين الحرية التي قامت من أجلها الثورة فيردد أعضاء الحزب الشعار الحرية هي العبودية و عندما يخاطبهم أين السلام الذي كنا نريده أن يعم البلاد فيرددوا بكراهية تجاهه السلام هو الحرب و عندما يصرخ بهم أنهم غارقون في الجهل الذي سيدمرهم يردون عليه بأن الجهل هو القوة و بذلك يكون اكتمل شعار الحزب الحرب هي السلام الحرية هي العبودية الجهل هو القوة و كان يهدف الحزب لإلغاء اللغة القديمة و استبدالها بلغة جديدة قليلة الكلمات و العبارات و بقدوم عام 2050 ستكون قد انتهت اللغة القديمة و انتهى معها كل الأدب العالمي و المحلي فسيذهب شيكسبير و غيره من الكتاب بلا رجعة يقوم وينستون بالاختلاط مع أحد مطلقوا السراح و يحاول أن يسمع منهم ما كان موجودا قبل الحرب و هل الحياة قبل وجود الأخ الأكبر أفضل أم بعده؟؟ يذهب إلى تاجر تحف فنية و يحاول العثور على أي شيء قيم لكنه لا يجد شيئا لأن الحزب شوه كل شيء و قضى على الفن و الأدب و التاريخ و الرموز الدينية فهدم جميع الكنائس أو حولها إلى مؤسسات تابعة للحزب تأخذ الحبكة ذروتها عندما تعترف جوليا- العاملة في وزارة الإباحيات -لونستون بحبها-الحب بين أعضاء الحزب جريمة محرمة تستوجب الإعدام-و يقررا العيش معا في أرض مطلقوا السراح من العامة و وقتها يبحث ونستون عن أي شخص يقوده لأخوية غولدشتاين و يجزم بأنها موجودة..و من هنا يشك أن أوبراين تابع لغولدشتاين و بالفعل يصارحه بما يضمر و لكن بعد أسبوع الكراهية شرطة الفكر تلقي القبض عليهما..و من المثير للبكاء أنه عندما قابل ونستون صديقه بارسنز في السجن و سأله ما سبب جريمته أخبره أن شرطة الفكر قد سمعته يقول أثناء نومه يسقط الأخ الأكبر-الأخ الأكبر الذي بدأ ونستون يشك في وجوده و ان احتمالية عدم وجود تفوق احتمالية وجوده و أنه مجرد شعار اتخذه الحزب في حربه الوهمية ضد أوراسيا- بدأ اوبراين رحلة علاج ونستون بنفسه فهو لا يعاقبه بل يعالجه فهو لا يحارب الجرائم و لا تهمه بل يحارب الأفكار لأنها الأخطر..بعد أسابيع من التعذيب المستمر بكافة الأشكال و الصور كي ينتزعوا منه الشيء الأخير ألا و هو حب جوليا،لجأ أوبراين أن يدخل ونستون للغرفة 101 التي كان ونستون دائم التساؤل عم يوجد بها فعلم أنها يوجد بها مخاوف الفرد لقد وجد فيها ونستون الفئران التي كانت دائما سببا في كوابيسه بعد فترة و في المقهى قابل جوليا بعدما تم الإفراج عنهما لقد أصبحا أقرب للجثث منهما للبشر و قد اعترفا أمام بعضهما البعض أنهما قد خانا بعضهما و لقد تمنى كل منهما ان يتم تعذيب الآخر بدلا منه و افترقا... بعدها هتف ونستون عن اقتناع تام يغمره الحب و الرضا بحبه للأخ الأكبر.. The Manchurian Candidate اقتبس الفيلم حبكته من جزئية غسيل الأدمغة و الدعوة للحرب و أن البلاد في حالة حرب و كيف تتم عملية صناعة الأبطال رواية يوتوبيا ل د.أحمد خالد توفيق حاولت صنع عالم من الديستوبيا و لكن بشكل منعكس أي أن البطل محب القراءة كان من العامة على عكس بطلنا ونستون كان من اعضاء الحزب

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    The setting of the book is Oceania and the government runs the whole thing. A guy named winston is the main character and he strives to abolish it but doesn't know how. The conflict is that the government runs it all and everyone in Oceania hates it and wants to get rid of the government but they can't because he has cameras everywhere around Oceania. I think the theme of the book is "you have to deal with things you can't fix. I liked the book because the conflict really got me attached and I w The setting of the book is Oceania and the government runs the whole thing. A guy named winston is the main character and he strives to abolish it but doesn't know how. The conflict is that the government runs it all and everyone in Oceania hates it and wants to get rid of the government but they can't because he has cameras everywhere around Oceania. I think the theme of the book is "you have to deal with things you can't fix. I liked the book because the conflict really got me attached and I was very curious what was gonna happen the next chapter but thought it was repeating because it would keep saying the same thing over and over again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin Redden

    Nice study guide to go along with reading Orwell's classic novel "1984". Helps to identify themes and symbols/motifs, includes chapter analyses and character analyses and also has a section on how to write a good literary essay, something I don't recall seeing in other Cliff or Sparks notes. Definitely a good supplement / enrichment while reading the book and definitely not a replacement for reading it. Nice study guide to go along with reading Orwell's classic novel "1984". Helps to identify themes and symbols/motifs, includes chapter analyses and character analyses and also has a section on how to write a good literary essay, something I don't recall seeing in other Cliff or Sparks notes. Definitely a good supplement / enrichment while reading the book and definitely not a replacement for reading it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alvi Arifin

    Buku yang agak sulit dimengerti karena latar belakang cerita ini menampilkan dunia yang mungkin asing bagi kita. Selalu membayangkan kalau novel ini ditulis pada saat sekarang mungkin akan menjadi gambaran dari negara Korea Utara. Kontrol total terhadap warga negaranya lalu kebohongan yang diubah menjadi kebenaran absolut, sungguh mencerminkan negara diktator.

  13. 5 out of 5

    G Sam

    Must read! It fascinating. Is it Orwell‘s prophecy about the Future or are we just imagining that because of use of terms such as "Big Brother", "doublethink" and "newspeak", which makes it sound very contemporary and fresh? Must read! It fascinating. Is it Orwell‘s prophecy about the Future or are we just imagining that because of use of terms such as "Big Brother", "doublethink" and "newspeak", which makes it sound very contemporary and fresh?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pita

    Es un libro con un fuerte mensaje y no apto para débiles mentes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Fulmer

    This study guide is a thorough and complete guide to the novel with ample descriptions of chapters, characters, themes, and symbols.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Al-Chaqmaqchi

    Beautiful novels

  17. 4 out of 5

    Waseem Eid

    3 .1 2

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Well I read this book , but to be sincere I do not remember the characters at all , the characters are empty as their life was empty of emotions , i think it is hard to make the characters memorable when they should hide their emotions. All you see in this book is their struggle to be free to free their emotions and wildest dreams , things that seem so common of us but so important when you don't have them. This is a very heavy book and not everyone will enjoy it. Well I read this book , but to be sincere I do not remember the characters at all , the characters are empty as their life was empty of emotions , i think it is hard to make the characters memorable when they should hide their emotions. All you see in this book is their struggle to be free to free their emotions and wildest dreams , things that seem so common of us but so important when you don't have them. This is a very heavy book and not everyone will enjoy it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hesham Ahmed

    فهمت :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miss H L Bellis

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Ron McCoy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason Droboth

  24. 5 out of 5

    Verena Tina

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zachery Sherman

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katharine Russman

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yoav Shai

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ranien

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ben

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