There are a number of significant sentences, which will be missed when you read with urgency.
In Chapter one; this paragraph:
“….It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week…”
The book, published in 1949 was about the future. That power cuts would be taken as normal so many years in the future sets the tone for the dystopian life that is being lived.
In listening to a broadcast of great triumphs,Winston thinks;
“…Bad News coming… And sure enough following on a gory description of the annihilation of a Eurasian army with stupendous figures of killed and prisoners, came the announcement that, as from next week, the chocolate ration would be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty…..”
This mind twist Winston Smith is aware of seems not to be caught by other members of his society.
The public, dazzled by the ‘victories’ claimed, makes no effort to consider or verify. They miss the reality the unverifiable claims of battles won is used to mask the fact that their rations were cut.
This kind of distraction is not uncommon today.