The Jewish people find themselves swept into a dynamic but unfamiliar world with the arrival of the Greeks and new influences in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquests. These foreign influences prove to be a challenge for some of the traditions and beliefs of Judaism.
In the totalitarian society of Oceania, the government has complete control of its people and mandates death upon its enemies. It creates rallies to bolster support for the party and engages in a neverending war to keep members of society impoverished and on the brink of starvation. It does this to maintain the existing order.