1984 summary – Part 1 Chapter 4

Part 1 Chapter 4: This chapter introduces readers to Newspeak and to Winston’s job at the Ministry of Truth. At his job, Winston receives instructions to change the details of articles previously printed in the local Times newspaper. Winston retrieves an article on the war with Eurasia in which Big Brother predicts a Eurasian offensive in North Africa. The predicted offensive actually occurred in South India so Winston changes the speech given by Big Brother to show that Big Brother predicted a South Indian offensive all along. Winston then “corrects” facts about national production issued by the Ministry of Plenty and eliminates positive references to a soldier, Mr. Withers, from a past Times edition because, according to Winston’s instructions, Withers had become an “unperson.”

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