1984 Reading Log Jaclene Nunes



Winston is coming home from work one day and when he arrives in his house, he immediately goes to the only corner of his house where he is not being watched by a telescreen. He pulls out a diary and begins to write in it as he reflects on a speech given the previous day. He is sure that one of the members of the Party, O'Brien is against what the Party is doing and is secretly a rebel. When he looks back into his journal, he realizes that he has written ""down with big brother" over and over again and feels as though he will be caught.

“Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference” (Orwell 28)

Does Goldstein really have an army of rebels?

How do the thought police know what others are thinking?


When Winston answers the door, he is afraid that it is the thought police coming to get him. It is just a neighbor, Mrs Parsons,  who needs help with her plumbing. Mrs Parsons children are all Spies, thought police-in-training. They accuse Winston of being a traitor and accuse him of thoughtcrime. When Winston goes back into his apartment, he remembers a dream he had seven years ago. He believes it is O'Brien, saying "We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness." He hid the diary in hope that no one would find it, but he was constantly fearing being caught and accused of thoughtcrime.

“Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death” (Orwell 38)

Could the children really tell that he committed thoughtcrime?

What did his dream with O'Brien mean?


Utopia would include: healthcare, fresh food/water, equal job opportunities, equal education, non-corrupt government

Utopia would be missing: diversity, technology, innovation, creativity

To live in a utopia would be dull, simple, plain, and boring. There would be no uniqueness and you would lose your sense of individuality, because in order for there to be no conflicts, everyone would have to believe in the same things.

A world where everyone has the same beliefs and values is impossible, there will always be people who disagree with the way things are working. Human nature would not allow such a world, there will be racism, jealousy and other problems.

A dystopia would include a difference in opinions, freedom, a government, unequal opportunity, change

A dystopia would be missing equality, fairness, uniformity.

To live in a dystopia would be difficult but still better that a utopia. Diversity and conflict bring change and change is good because it allows us to grow. People would be able to express themselves which shows uniqueness.

A dystopian world is highly possible because human nature creates a change.


The political structure of the novel is supposed to be communism. The residents of Airstrip One don't realize that they are literally being controlled by the government. The party has control of the past and is able to change records of past significant events. Winston works in the section in Minitrue where he alters the records of past events so that they match current ones. Some events in Winston's head were indelible, and he could not forget them no matter how hard he tried. Winston's friend Syme told him that they were makimg a whole new dictionary—cutting out hundreds of words. Syme seemed very elated and happy about is job. When eating, Winston realizes thatbthe woman with dark hair is watching him, but abjuring him at the same time. The citizens will have to learn the new language once the dictionary is published. The party's trenchant rules were ever changing:  the quality of clothes, the amount of food to eat, and the words in the dictionary. Winston felt no compunction while writing in his diary, but was still mad after finishing his entry.


1. Who is Winston writing this diary for? Does he intend for someone to read it, or is he dedicating it to someone?2. How exactly does the Party control other people? How can they tell when someone has committed thoughtcrime?3. Who is the girl with dark hair and why was she following Winston?1(Answer). Winston admits that he is writing his diary for O'Brien. Winston thinks , "[Winston] knew, with more certainty than before, that O’Brien was on his side. He was writing the diary for O’Brien—to O’Brien: it was like an interminable letter which no one would ever read, but which was addressed to a particular person and took its color from that fact.” Winston is writing his diary with high hopes that O'Brien will read it. Although he has never actually talked to O'Brien, Winston thinks that he and O'Brien share beliefs and that O'Brien is actually a rebel of the Party.


Personally, I do not like the relationship between Julia and Winston. Right off the bat, she sends Winston a note saying 'I love you,' and obviously, yo

u cannot love someone that you don't know. Then as the story continues, we learn that she has had relations with plenty of men in the Party—yet she still wears her anti-sex league sash. On top of that, Winston says that he likes her for the men that she has had relations with. His exact words were “Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?” (Orwell 138). I also feel like their relationship is based on the fact that they both want to rebel against the Party. I don't think that Winston and Julia actually love each other, just the idea of having someone else to rebel with that has the same ideas as they do.


Section 4:“She had become a physical necessity, something that he not only wanted but felt that he had a right to” (Orwell 152).

Section 5: “Syme had vanished. A morning came, and he was missing from work: a few thoughtless people commented on his absence. On the next day nobody mentioned him. Syme had ceased to exist: he had never existed" (Orwell 161).

Section 6: “The last step was something that would happen in the Ministry of Love. He had accepted it. The end was contained in the beginning. But it was frightening: or, more exactly, it was like a foretaste of death, like being a little less alive” (Orwell 173).

Section 7: "The proles had stayed human. They had not become hardened inside. They had held on to the primitive emotions which he himself had to re-learn by conscious effort" (Orwell 179).

Section 8:“The Brotherhood cannot be wiped out because it is not an organisation in the ordinary sense. Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible. You will never have anything to sustain you, except the idea. You will get no comradeship and no encouragement. When finally you are caught, you will get no help. We never help our members" (Orwell 190)


The article that we have been given due to our topic of doublespeak is called "Doublespeak and Euphemisms in Education." This article describes all of the modern day forms of doublespeak that our society uses. The government uses doublespeak to communicate to the citizens of its country. In the US, our government uses words such as 'short fall' and 'investments', to hide the meanings 'deficit' and 'government spending'. Our education system also uses doublespeak with more familiar terms like calling someone 'vertically challenged' instead of saying that they are short. Doublespeak and euphemisms have a big impact on people. A lot of times euphemisms are used to make people feel better about themselves, like sugarcoating their bad situation. Doublespeak normally is a more formal term used politically or in education. Both create an impact on both those using the words and those who are hearing the words.

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