'1984' Questions for Study and Discussion

George Orwell's Famous & Controversial Novel

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1984 - Questions for Study and Discussion

1984 is one of the greatest works by George Orwell. But, what does it mean? Why is the book so controversial? What does the book have to say about the state of society? Here are a few questions for study and discussion, related to 1984.
  • What is important about the title of 1984? Read on...
  • What are the conflicts in 1984? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) are in this novel?

  • How does George Orwell reveal character in 1984?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in 1984? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Is Winston consistent in his actions? Is he a fully developed character? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Would you want to meet the characters?

  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How does this novel relate to dystopian literature? Is Winston a strong character?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else? In any other time?

  • What is the role of women in the text? Is love relevant? Are relationships meaningful?

  • Why is 1984 controversial? Why has it been banned?

  • How does 1984 relate to current politics/society/etc.?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?