1984 Part 1, Sections 1-2

1984 Reading Log (Gabriel Meza)

Winston is a man who lives in a town under the rule of Big Brother, who is a figure that lives as a symbol of safety and protection. He works in the Ministry but right away reveals he is not entirely satisfied with his lifestyle. Constantly, he feels watched and is seemingly never alone with the Thought Police always on patrol. At any given moment they could tune in and hear everything one says or recognize thoughts simply from body language and facial expression. The one major enemy of the community, Goldstein, speaks to Winston and others, but it would be fatal to voice these rebellious thoughts, so all just keep quiet.

"It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time" (Orwell 14)

Will Winston listen to his inner voice and fight for freedom, or silently watch his community live under a dictatorship?

What's happening outside the community? Is the dictatorship worldwide or isolated?

Learning Station #1

Sean Tso

Looking over their shoulder, seems to be a follower, agrees most of the time, participation is limited, independence is evident in doing own work but looks for guidance. Sitting comfortably without worry of posture, laid back, makes comments but seems to search for approval. Relaxed in his situation, open to adaptation, eager to be included with arms on the desk and looking to get in conversation. Hair is well-kept with little to no hairs out of place, appearance is important to him.

Sean is a guy who actively participates in conversations but seems to search for approval from other people. He kindly agrees often and does his own work but also looks for guidance or reassurance in his work. He is not stressed or worried as he sits comfortably but has his arms propped up in his desk and looks over another's shoulder in order to be included. His hair is well kept so appearance is important but is not everything.

1984 Part 1, Sections 3-6

1984 Part 1, Sections 3-6

Winston Smith is seemingly the only man alive without a callous personality in the year 1984. Any kind of individual thought or opinion is advised against except where it supports the message of Big Brother, whose appearance is still unknown to readers. Smith works in the Ministry, though is hardly elated about his career. Every day the Ministry has him rewrite records of the past so they can be completely accurate according to the present date. Nothing is indelible whether it be a speech, an document, or even a photograph. So inveterate was this processing and rewriting of information that one could not even be certain of the actual year anymore. For some reason the Party, head of government, insist on being right in their predictions for every little detail and eliminate their association with anyone who ended up not being who he or she was thought to be. It must be in order to establish trust between the people and the Party but never do the people have any time to ruminate decisions anyway so establishing trust is irrelevant. The only thing that can be done is to lie low and play along, and doublethink about possibilities for rebellion as well as how to conform to the society.

1984 Part 1, Sections 7-8

1984 Part 1, Sections 7-8

Will the people realize the oppression they're facing?

How long ago did the Party come into power?

Why is the old man's memory limited?

In the time of 1984, the proles are the majority of the population and yet still have mo say in the decisions of the Party. The Party's word is law and all of the people take it as so. They are so incredibly brainwashed at this point in time that "...the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it" (Orwell 96). Interestingly enough, the proles do not seem to realize they're under oppression at all so whether they will fight back is uncertain. All of them could possibly understand their situation as Winston does but he is seemingly the only one.

1984 Part 2, Sections 1-3

1984 Part 2, Sections 1-3

Julia is the kind of girl who brings excitement into others' lives. Winston Smith was clearly surprised when he first discovered her feelings for him but did not reject them; instead, he chose to accept them and experience a new kind of life. He himself shares a lot of the ideas she has about how corrupt the political party is and that they are trying to manipulate everyone. Though, he is more subtle in his statements and does not voice them publicly as Julia does with a carefree attitude. She also understands a lot of the reasoning behind the Party's actions, even giving insight as to why sexual relations are prohibited between two unmarried people. "'When you make love you use energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don't give a damn for anything. They can't bear you to feel like that'" (Orwell 146). Evidently this girl has been living her life experiencing as much as she can under the radar and has allowed Winston to take a new perspective on life.

Fear is love. Fear is one of the most important emotions in recognizing and appreciating everything one has been given. Without fear of losing what one has, everything he has been given would be taken for granted. The Party has the duty striking fear in the hearts of all their people so that they may understand the necessity for gratitude and to never complain about one's circumstances. Not only are they helping people to love by giving them a common fear, they are essentially make them appreciate every moment with more awareness of what could happen. Fear exists to force people into understanding the blessings that are present in their lives.

1984 Part 2, Section 4-8

“During the month that he had known her the nature of his desire for her had changed” (Orwell 152).

“The process of life had ceased to be intolerable" (Orwell 163).

“By sharing a small act of thoughtcrime he had turned the two of them into accomplices” (Orwell 172).

“The dream was still vivid in his mind, especially the enveloping, protecting gesture of the arm” (Orwell 178).

“They had done it, they had done it at last, was all he could think” (Orwell 182).

Misinformation Article Summary

The author of the book Lies dedicated years of his life to reviewing old history textbooks and their outdated language and opinions. He succeeded in correcting the way history was taught in colleges, for the most part, but many high schools still lacked objectivity which is important to developing one's own opinions. Without objectivity, the issue of upbringing teenagers to carry ancient beliefs arises, essentially counteracting the purpose of rewriting history in textbooks. Even important USA leaders such as Abraham Lincoln are victimized in the miscommunication of information from the textbooks. In addition to debunking myths, the author, Loewen, also aims to convey the message of progress and its direct correlation to progress. People have faith in their opinions and act accordingly. In writing his book Loewen hopes to objectify history and thus be more accurate, empowering people with knowledge.

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