The events in the novel happen in Oceania, the First Military Zone Air (UK), London (the main city) and its surroundings. The main character of the novel is unremarkable employee of the Ministry of Truth, 39-year-old Winston Smith, who is shown primarily in the same places: at work and in the apartment (the first part), in the forest, outside of London, and in the shop of rag-and-bone man in Charrington (the second part), in the Ministry of Love and cafe Under the Chestnut Tree (in the third part). The subordination of the hero system is visible at the level of the chronotope: even at home, he cannot feel safe, as the monitor installed in the apartment allows police officers to follow the thoughts of all his actions. Control of the person is also carried out in respect of his gestures and facial expressions: standing with his back to the monitor Winston tries to keep straight, not to betray his true feelings.
The only place, where Winston Smith feels safe, is his mind, where he opposes social attitudes of society built on the principles of hatred, lies, curbing the growth of human welfare, elimination of individual senses, and the simplification of the language required to reduce the level of mental activity of a single individual.
It is obvious that Winston Smith has numerous psychological problems. The first thing that comes to mind is his violent and misogynistic tendencies – his extreme feelings to someone he hardly knows or doesn’t know at all. He shows his misogynistic behavior towards Julia, who embodies the idea of repressed sexuality. His first impression towards her is hatred and misogyny, which is quickly replaced by animal passion and then love. The first time he saw her he wanted to beat her to death. He keeps on describing all the terrible things he would do to her, even though he has never even spoken to her.
In addition to violent and misogynistic characteristics of the character, Winston also shows symptoms of paranoia and mental disorder. His imagination is very active. At work, he imagines his co-workers to work on the same project as he does. He gets paranoid when after making an eye contact with one of the colleagues, he suspects the colleague knows about his doubts of the Big Brother and the government. In the beginning of the novel we can see how Winston starts to question everything, but we don’t know what has led to this.
When being with his lover he says to her that before he wanted to smash her head with a stone, but Julia doesn’t say anything, only stays next to him. This is a sign of lack of remorse. He tells her that once he had a wife and wishes he had ended his life when there was a chance.
The events in the novel happen in Oceania, the First Military Zone Air (UK), London (the main city) and its surroundings.