1984 Reading Log
Nina VanAtta

Part 1 Sections 1- 2

Winston returns home from work after seeing a man looking at him in a suspicious manner. When he arrives home he begins to write in his diary about somthing that has happened at the cinema. Afterwards, he begins writing very rebellious things in his diary, but he figures that what he writes in the diary does not matter since he is going to die for just having one. Then a lady comes over and asks Winston for his help unclogging the sink. He agrees, but when he arrives the children act cruel to him. When he gets home, he writes more in his diary.

"“Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed—no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull"(Orwell 37).

How do you think the children will behave when they have grown up?

What do you think Winston will do next with his newfound courageousness?

Learning Station #3

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Part 1 Sections 3-6

These sections discuss how language has changed from our own in the novel. After writing clandestinely in his diary, Winston indugently goes to work. Winston's job is to change written works that may seem in indellible to us today, into a simple language called Newspeak. He also alters magazines and other documents daily in order to please the Party. Therefore, no tangible evidence of history exists to the poor inhabitants of Oceania. Winston struggles to remain callous about the changing of the books, and wishes to remember more about the past.

Part 1 Sections 7 - 8

Why does Winston want to write in his diary?

Winston writes in his diary, because he wishes to put his feelings down on paper. Despite the fact that he knows he will die if he has thoughts of his own, he strives to saftely express how he feels. He simpley says, "It was important to write something down”(Orwell 115). Winston saying this shows his desir to have freedom of thoughts.

What does the behavior of the citizens during the Two Minutes of Hate suggest about the people of Oceania?

Why haven't the proles overrun Big Brother?

Part 2 Sections 1-3

What does Winston and Julia's relationship symbolize in the novel?

Their relationship symbolizes rebellion against the government. Although they are aware that making love when not married is looked very low upon, they do the act anyway. After Julia admits that she has slept with men many times, Winston thinks to himself, "His heart leapt. Scores of times she had done it: he wished it had been hundreds—thousands. Anything that hinted at corruption always filled him with a wild hope"(Orwell 138). In this quote, Winston shows that he is not seeing Julia specifically for love, but rather because he wants to do anything in order to upset the goverment. Julia does not have the same philosophy as Winston and strives to make love more for the fun of rebellion rather than the seriousness of it. All in all, Winston and Julia's relationship represents the hope there is for rebellion against Big Brother.

Big Brother Slogan Poster

The arguement "Freedom is slavery" spoken by Big Brother suggests that slavery is the key to an ideal "free" society. Slavery, in this sense, keeps the world clean from any rebels or ideas of one person being better than another. My poster demonstrates the slogan through it's image because it feaures prison bars, which suggest the idea of a strong demanding leader. The slogan is set in large bold words in order to attract a person who may be passing by. There is a short concise description of how "Freedom is Slavery" makes sense in case a bright person needs an explaination. Nothing derogatory is mentioned about slavery in my poster, making slavery not appear evil.

Part 2 Sections 4-8

IV: “It was curious how that predestined horror moved in and out of one’s consciousness. There it lay, fixed in future time, preceding death as surely as 99 precedes 100. One could not avoid it, but one could perhaps postpone it: and yet instead, every now and again, by a conscious, wilful act, one chose to shorten the interval before it happened"(Orwell 153).

V: “As though to harmonise with the general mood, the rocket bombs had been killing larger numbers of people than usual"(Orwell 162).

VI: “The first step had been a secret, involuntary thought, the second had been the opening of the diary. He had moved from thoughts to words, and now from words to actions. The last step was something that would happen in the Ministry of Love"(Orwell 173).

VII:"If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love. When the last of the chocolate was gone, his mother had clasped the child in her arms. It was no use, it changed nothing, it did not produce more chocolate, it did not avert the child’s death or her own; but it seemed natural to her to do it"(Orwell 179).

VIII: “You are prepared to cheat, to forge, to blackmail, to corrupt the minds of children, to distribute habit-forming drugs, to encourage prostitution, to disseminate venereal diseases—to do anything which is likely to cause demoralisation and weaken the power of the Party?”(Orwell 187).

Article Summary

North Korea is the country most like Oceania today. This country watches it's citizens closely and hires special spies to make sure they are not saying anything which could hint at rebellion. North Korea even has hotlines that someone can call if one believes that his or her relative is suspicious. These hotlines are a lot like the junior spies in 1984. The citizens of North Korea even have an affectionate nickname for their leader, "Dear Leader". As the article states, North Korea has recently agreed to the abduction of eleven innocent Japanese men, four of whom are still alive. North Korea claims that all the Japanese people who died in North Korea died of natural causes, but the Japanese doubt this excuse.

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