1984 Reading Log
Part 1 Sections 1 & 2
Winston is on his lunch break from his job. He takes part in the two minutes of hate against Goldstein, and fixes the sink of a lady that lives near him. He reflects on how terrible children have become, and how they have been molded to catch those age isn't the political system. He also started keeping a diary, where he is writing thoughts against the political system and out of view of his telescreen.
"Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you" (Orwell 32).
What significance will Winston's dream and supposed connection with O'Brien have later in the novel?
Why did Winston write in the diary even though he knew he would be inevitably caught?
Learning Station 2
Present: Happiness, World Peace, Fulfillment, Prosperity, Good Diplomatic Relations, Freedom, Basic Human Rights
Absent: War, Discrimination (racism, sexism, etc.), disease/sickness, obesity, Slavery
How would it feel to live in a utopia? Satisfying/fulfilling, peaceful, free, maybe boring after a while
Is a utopia possible? Why or why not? A utopia isn't possible because human nature and different ideas of perfection are always present
Present: War, Discrimination (racism, sexism, etc.), disease/sickness, obesity, Slavery
Absent: Happiness, World Peace, Fulfillment, Prosperity, Good Diplomatic Relations, Freedom, Basic Human Rights
How would it feel to live in a dystopia? Terrible, degrading, evil
Is a dystopia possible? Why or why not? Yes, because it is entirely possible for one person or a group of people to become power-hungry and oust others. If Hitler hadn't have made several strategic mistakes in WWII, for example, we msy have been speaking German rather than English.
Part 1 Sections 3-6
As Winston is performing his daily exercise, he ruminates on the ability of the Party to be able to change the past and how they also can make others belief two opposite "truths" at the same time. Later, he goes to work editing what was said in previous papers, and depositing any new inaccurate papers into a furnace with a conflagration. Nothing is indellible as Winston changes articles for the benefit of the glory of the party. As lunch break begins, Winston talks with Syme, a man who quells excess words in Newspeak every year. Syme says that the purpose of this is to erase complicated language, but Winston sees it as another way for the Party to brainwash its comrades. A man named Parsons then sits down with them, and Winston notices how easy it is for Parsons to be manipulated by the Party. Later, Winston, writes in his diary, reflecting on his experience with marriage and how the Party thinks of sexual acts as a disgusting ritual, but with a worthwhile purpose of producing new children. These children of course, are very easy to transform into puppets of the Party.
Part 1 Sections 7-8
How did Winston realize the confessions of the three men were lies?
Where did Winston impulsively decide to walk? What where some of the places he visited?
How did the old man respond to Winston's inquiries about life before the revolution? How did Winston react? The old man recognized some of the words Winston said, amd reminisced on some details. But after Winston talked to the man for a while, “A sense of helplessness took hold of Winston. The old man’s memory was nothing but a rubbish-heap of details. One could question him all day without getting any real information” (Orwell 109-110). Eventually, Winston realized his efforts were no use, and exited the pub that he was questioning the old man in.
Part 2 Sections 1-3
Winston and Julia certainly have a unique relationship. The two of them constantly meet in secret to talk to each other, amd sometimes if they're lucky it gets a bit more serious. Their relationship seems to symbolize rebellion against the Party. The entire affair that they are having is highly illegal and they will most likely get vaporised if they are ever caught. Winston comments on Julia's unorthodox ways be reflecting that “He did not dislike it. It was merely one symptom of her revolt against the Party and all its ways, and somehow it seemed natural and healthy, like the sneeze of a horse that smells bad hay" (Orwell 142). He has now been able to take an active role in a personal rebellion against the Party with a woman he loves.
For my poster, I chose the slogan "War is Peace". Red colors on black were chosen because red is a color that can mean both anger, such as in war, but also love, like in peace. To further emphasize this duality an image of a peace sign made up of firearms was used. This visually appeals to any potential viewers of them poster. Finally, I wrote three concise messages at the bottom to influence the viewer's thoughts. They are used to justify the war, if any qualms exist, and to assure the reader that it is all in the name of peace.
Part 2 Sections 4-8
Section 4: “Privacy, he said, was a very valuable thing. Everyone wanted a place where they could be alone occasionally. And when they had such a place, it was only common courtesy in anyone else who knew of it to keep his knowledge to himself" (Orwell 158-159).
Section 5: “There were times when the fact of impending death seemed as palpable as the bed they lay on, and they would cling together with a sort of despairing sensuality, like a damned soul grasping at his last morsel of pleasure when the clock is within five minutes of striking" (Orwell 174).
Section 6: “But at any rate, one thing was certain. The conspiracy that he had dreamed of did exist, and he had reached the outer edges of it" (Orwell 182).
Section 7: “The terrible thing that the Party had done was to persuade you that mere impulses, mere feelings, were of no account, while at the same time robbing you of all power over the material world. When once you were in the grip of the Party, what you felt or did not feel, what you did or refrained from doing, made literally no difference" (Orwell 189).
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" (Orwell 201).