A minor member of the ruling Party in near-future London. Winston hates the totalitarian control and harbors revolutionary dreams.
A beautiful dark-haired girl working in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth.
A mysterious, powerful, and sophisticated member of the Inner Party .
Though he never appears in the novel, Big Brother, the perceived ruler of Oceania, is an extremely important figure. Everywhere Winston looks he sees posters of Big Brother’s face bearing the message “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.” Big Brother’s image is stamped on coins and broadcast on the unavoidable telescreens.
Another figure who exerts an influence on the novel without ever appearing in it. According to the Party, Goldstein is the legendary leader of the Brotherhood. The Party describes him as the most dangerous and treacherous man in Oceania.
A fat, obnoxious, and dull Party member who lives near Winston and works at the Ministry of Truth. His wife is dull and his children are members of the Junior Spies.
An intelligent, outgoing man who works with Winston at the Ministry of Truth, specializing in language.
An old man who runs a secondhand store in the prole district. He rents Winston a room over the shop.