Ch 2: Literary Analysis of 1984

About This Chapter

The Literary Analysis chapter of this 1984 Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the critical analysis and literary devices used throughout the book. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts relevant to the literary analysis of '1984.'

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the analysis of this novel will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the literary devices of 1984 and their interpretation. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing plot, theme and literary devices associated with 1984
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning the analysis of literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Literary Analysis of 1984 chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Literary Analysis of 1984 chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any 1984 question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary analysis of 1984 for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary criticism of the novel
  • Symbolism and figurative language
  • Irony and satire
  • Point of view
  • Literary devices used in the novel
  • 1984 as dystopian literature
  • Totalitarianism and censorship
  • Major themes and motifs
  • Doublespeak and Newspeak
  • Role of propaganda in the novel

16 Lessons in Chapter 2: Literary Analysis of 1984
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1984 Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

1. 1984 Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

This lesson offers a broad overview, summarizing George Orwell's novel, '1984,' and also offering a broad analysis of some of the major themes and characters in the novel.

Symbols & Symbolism in 1984

2. Symbols & Symbolism in 1984

Symbols are important literary devices used in many works around the world, and they're present even in George Orwell's famed 1984. In this lesson, learn about some of the major symbols at work in this dystopian novel.

Literary Devices in 1984

3. Literary Devices in 1984

George Orwell was a master of literary devices. In this lesson, we will explore the primary literary devices that help make up the masterpiece that is ''1984''.

Doublethink in 1984: Definition & Examples

4. Doublethink in 1984: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll define George Orwell's concept of doublethink as used in his political novel,''1984''. We'll also look at several examples of how Orwell incorporated doublethink into his fictitious totalitarian society as a warning to Western readers.

Themes in 1984

5. Themes in 1984

George Orwell's novel ''1984'' addresses many important themes that are still relevant to today's readers. In this lesson, explore some of those themes.

Motifs in 1984

6. Motifs in 1984

This lesson looks at how George Orwell uses the motifs of information control, thought control, and the relative freedom of the proletariat to support the primary themes in his novel 1984. After you learn about these motifs in the story, you can test your new knowledge with a quiz!

What Is Newspeak in 1984?

7. What Is Newspeak in 1984?

For his popular novel, ''1984,'' George Orwell crafted a completely new language called Newspeak. In this lesson, you'll learn exactly what this bizarre language is and why Orwell created it, and you should be able to quiz yourself with a few questions (in regular old English--promise).

Propaganda in 1984: Role & Examples

8. Propaganda in 1984: Role & Examples

The ruling party produces propaganda to promote Big Brother and to control its citizens in '1984,' a novel by George Orwell. The Party ensures that the citizens' minds are filled with propaganda and confusion so that thoughts of rebellion cannot be sustained.

Irony in 1984: Examples & Analysis

9. Irony in 1984: Examples & Analysis

George Orwell uses many literary devices to illustrate the societal issues he brings up in his novel ''1984.'' In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the most prominent of these: irony.

Point of View in 1984

10. Point of View in 1984

Every piece of written work has a set point of view, and George Orwell's ''1984'' is no exception. In this lesson, learn what exactly is meant by point of view, and examine its function in this famous novel.

Satire in 1984

11. Satire in 1984

'1984' is more than just a dystopian novel; it is a deeply satirical political commentary. In this lesson, you'll take a closer look at the details of satire in '1984.'

Figurative Language in 1984

12. Figurative Language in 1984

Figurative language uses vivid descriptive techniques to enhance characterization, setting and tone in literature. In this lesson, learn how George Orwell used figurative language in his novel ''1984.''

Totalitarianism in 1984

13. Totalitarianism in 1984

George Orwell's ''1984''is still one of the most well-known novels about totalitarianism, an overused word that is actually quite scary when you think about it. In this lesson, we'll go over specific references to totalitarianism in ''1984'' and its relation to real-world events.

1984 as a Dystopia

14. 1984 as a Dystopia

Is '1984' still a dystopia in 2016? In this lesson, we'll explore the sociopolitical context and themes of George Orwell's novel and discover how '1984' reflected and influenced 20th-century culture.

Censorship in 1984

15. Censorship in 1984

To effect total control, the government censors the history, the language, and even the thoughts of its citizens in ''1984'' by George Orwell. The Party's goal is to control all information and thereby control the past, present, and future.

Class System in 1984

16. Class System in 1984

Oceania adheres to a rigid class system in George Orwell's '1984'. The Inner Party controls the government with the help of members of the Outer Party; the proles are laborers who are unconcerned with the workings of the government.

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