1984 Character Map

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Character Map for 1984

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a Character Map) allows students to recall relevant information and details about important characters. With character mapping, it’s easy for students to follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Use a character map to help track the different characters that are discussed in 1984. Have the students provide the character’s physical traits, internal character traits, and a quote for support.


Winston Smith

  • Physical Traits:
  • 39 years old; varicose ulcer above his right ankle; works in the Ministry of Truth, changing historical records and newspapers to make Big Brother look truthful; not very healthy physically; wears blue overalls of the Outer Party

  • Character Traits:
  • Initially introduced as sort of a dull man, he eventually shows another side when he comes home, hides himself from the telescreen, and writes in a journal: “Down with Big Brother.” He meets Julia, becomes enamored with her and with the idea of overthrowing Ingsoc.

  • Quote
  • “theyll shoot me i dont care theyll shoot me in the back of the neck i dont care down with big brother they always shoot you in the back of the neck i dont care down with big brother--”

Other characters included in this map are Julia, O’Brien, and Big Brother


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in 1984 and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Traits, Character Traits, and Quote.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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