Adult chat 1984
It continues to have a profound impact on writers and political theorists even today.Adapted by Andrew White, the play is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania, in a world perpetual at war.Again, I wouldn’t judge you if you let kids younger than middle school read it, but I probably wouldn’t.I’m a huge fan of reading aloud (even when your kids are plenty old enough to read on their own!The residents are subjected to ever-present government surveillance, manipulation of the media, and the persecution of individualism and independent thinking.Such behavior is labeled as Thoughtcrime, and is a punishable act monitored and enforced by Thought Police.The protagonist, Winston Smith, works for the Ministry of Truth, which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism.His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line.
I would’ve let my own kids read it in middle school, even, but that’s a know-your-kid, case-by-case-basis kind of thing (and I would’ve asked them to discuss it with me if they had read it then, just so I could check in on how they were handling it).
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It is all overseen by the Party leader, Big Brother, who enjoys an intense cult persona, but who may not even exist.
The Party itself is not interested in the good of others, it is interested solely in power for its own sake.