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1984 Reading Log
Summary: Winston decides to keep a diary because he realizes the effects to which the government has manipulated the people of the society. He is upset by how easy it is to feel angry andhow easy it is to redirect his anger on anything. He is also upset because of a crowd's reaction to a film about gunning down a man a nd children with a woman. He is paranoid about being caught for having committed a thoughtcrime.
Quotes: "Thoughtcrime does not entail death:thoughtcrime IS death" (Orwell 38). "It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy" (Orwell 19). "It was even possible, at moments, to switch one’s hatred this way or that by a voluntary act" (Orwell 24). “People simply disappeared, always during the night” (Orwell 28). "‘They’re disappointed because they couldn’t go to see the hanging’" (Orwell 33). “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull” (Orwell 37).
Questions:What does the party gain from the way they handle their government? What is the purpose of the two minutes of hate? What does the fiction department do? What is Big Brother's true roll and why is he so adored? Why are the kids so involved/attatched to the workings and ways of the government? why aren't there any laws? Why would kids want to see a hanging? Why would people cheer to see children shot at and killed? What is the significance of the war?
Oldspeak translation to NEWSPEAK
OLDSPEAK:'The reporting of Big Brother's Order for the day in the times of December 3rd 1983 is extremely unsatisfactory and makes references to non-existent persons. Rewrite it in full and submit your draft to higher authority before filing.'
NEWSPEAK: Rep of Big Brother's Day Order of 12/3 is doubleplus-ungood because it refs unpeople. Speakwrite it in full and upsub before filing.
Language of 1984
A prominent topic in 1984 is the Party's use of languaje. The Party has created a vocabulary system called Newspeak, which seeks to diminish the vocabulary used, rather than expand it, and result in an INVETERATE basic form of communication that only allows positive Party-related thoughts. Thus, thoughtcrimes would be impossible because since the language is so simple, the comrades' thoughts would be just as simple. When one's thoughts are simple, one cannot imagine that a better and alternate reality from the the one being experienced is even TANGIBLE . This QUELLS the comrades' mind to be the INDULGENT slaves of the government. The Party's past is anything but INDELIBLE and most of its history is fiction, the purpose of Newspeak is to minimize the need for words and phrases IRRELEVANT to the Party or Big Brother.
Questions: What role will the proles have throughout the story? Why is the Party unconcerned with the proles? Could Winston become a Prole? And if so, what would happen to him?
Responce: The Party is unconcerned with the proles because the proles do not participate in matters relating to the government. The Proles love a more superficial life and they are more concerned in consumerism and enjoyment. Because of Prole priorites or ways of life, the Party thinks that the Proles are "natural inferiors who must be kept in subjection, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules” (Orwell 82). The Party's opinion of the Proles allows the Proles to be kept at a looser distance than other people of the Party. The Party thinks that because the Proles are so involved in their own little lives becauses they are synonymous with animals, the Proles don't really need to be monitored and therefore, don't need telescreens or should be worried about.
Part II Sections 1-3
Wulia: Winston and Julia's relationship is one of sexual attraction and rebelion rather than romance and love. Julia is attracted to Winston because he will due anything to rebell against the government. Julia can see that Winston has not let himself fall victim to the Party's brainwashing, and therefore wants to have sex with him. Winston is attracted to Julia because she is the only person he knows that is against the government as he is. He only likes her because she shows her rebellion in the form of having sex. For the couple sex is their passioned form of opposition to the Party. Rather than an extremely romantic affair, their relationship is a “battle, the climax a victory. It [is] a blow struck against the Party. It [is] a political act" (Orwell 139). Since the Party has banned sex, having it is the only way they can express themselves seemingly without getting caught.
In the Ministry of Truth, where Winston works, official documents are rewritten so that they can alter the events of Oceania's history. The reason the Party does this is so that there is no concrete evidence of what has really happened in the past. My poster says "The present defines the past//We write our history today" to gain support for the Ministry of Truth by making their purpose more appealing and by creating a possible slogan for the Party.
Part 2 Sections IV-VIII
IV: “It struck him as a curious fact that he had never heard a member of the Party singing alone and spontaneously. It would even have seemed slightly unorthodox, a dangerous eccentricity, like talking to oneself. Perhaps it was only when people were somewhere near the starvation level that they had anything to sing about" (Orwell 155).
V: “The proles, normally apathetic about the war, were being lashed into one of their periodical frenzies of patriotism” (Orwell 162).
VI: “But you write it very elegantly,’ said O’Brien. ‘That is not only my own opinion. I was talking recently to a friend of yours who is certainly an expert. His name has slipped my memory for the moment.’Again Winston’s heart stirred painfully. It was inconceivable that this was anything other than a reference to Syme” (Orwell 171).
VII: “But you write it very elegantly,’ said O’Brien. ‘That is not only my own opinion. I was talking recently to a friend of yours who is certainly an expert. His name has slipped my memory for the moment.’Again Winston’s heart stirred painfully. It was inconceivable that this was anything other than a reference to Syme” (Orwell 175).
VIII: “No, it is real. The Brotherhood, we call it. You will never learn much more about the Brotherhood than that it exists and that you belong to it. I will come back to that presently” (Orwell 186).