1984 Reading Log
Madelyn Davis

Part 1 Sections 1 & 2

Summary of Reading

Thorughout Sections 1 and 2, Many characters are introduced and the protagonist is identifiably Winston. Winston lives in a dystopian society where Big Brother is watching over them and able to see their every move and hear each thing they say. Winston, along with O'Brien potentially, realizes that he absolutely hates this way of living and wants to abolish it. The only problem is that if anyone finds out that he even thought of destroying a Big Brother, Winston would be "vaporized".

Quote: "You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinised" (Orwell 12).

Questions

What makes Winston realize that he hates the society of the Party?

What is it about the Party and Big Brother that Winston is so opposed to?

Learning Station #1

I observed Tuan Shridhar for five minutes.

Observations:

Scratched his forehead a lot.

Constantly furrows his eyebrows in reaction to what people say.- Is he worried?

No matter how his feet are placed under the chair, he always taps his back foot. - is he nervous about something? Hiding something?

Opposes others' opinions.- Very defensive

Slouches when giving up.

Laughs at his own jokes.

Relaxed in the classroom environment.

Thinks he is "Tuanthebomb.com"

How did it feel to watch someone in this fashion?

It felt insanely creepy to watch someone and observe their every move. On the other hand, I also felt very powerful because I could find out things about them that they don't even know they do. Additionally, I was able to detect possible emotio says based on their movement or facial expressions.

Part 1 Sections 3-6

Response to the reading

Throughout these sections, the most prominent theme is the effects of the political structure on every aspect of the lives of the people living in the Party. The totalitarian government has brainwashed the citizens to make them believe that what they are receiving is better than it had been before and effectively quell all unique ideas. No one has any idea that the life they live is bad because it is truly all they know, and the system of totalitarianism has been inveterate for as long as they can remember. The idea of Big Brother constantly watching over each person causes everyone to push away unorthodox thoughts for they will be convicts of Thoughtcrime and, therefore, be vaporized. The government has even formed a cult of children called the Spies who are responsible for eliminating adults who are unfaithful to the Party. Winston is constantly feeling alone in his thoughts because no one else seems to feel the way he does about Big Brother. The truth is that when a man spoke, “It was not the man’s brain that was speaking, it was his larynx” (Orwell 65). With the trenchant progression and changes in Newspeak, the government will be able to eliminate Thoughtcrime and all individuality. Winston must remain tacit and not show any signs of his doubt in Big Brother, or else he will be vaporized. Everyone except Winston views Big Brother as this august, omnipotent figure because he has mutated them all to view life as he does.

Part 1 Sections 7&8

Discussion Questions

How is possible for Winston to be the only person with memories and dislike of Big Brother?

Why does Winston want to potentially rent the room about Mr. Charrington's shop even though it is amist hundreds of proles?

Due to Winston's beliefs and knowledge about Big Brother, what does he have to fear?

A: Winston is the only Party member who has memories of the time of capitalism, before Big Brother. With his strength and drive to disclose the fraud of the totalitarian government, Winston searches for people or evidence of the past who can help him on his mission. The problem with all of this is that if Winston were discovered roaming through the prole towns and his thoughts were revealed, he would be vaporized for committing Thoughtcrime. While thinking to himself about the struggles of life, Winston expains, “When once you had succumbed to thoughtcrime it was certain that by a given date you would be dead” (Orwell 115). Winston is saying that by simply having ideas that oppose what Big Brother teaches, he could be killed, yet he still wants to persist in his efforts to destroy Big Brother. Winston knows the consequences that will come with continuing his plan, but he has faith that he is not completely alone since he has O'Brien on his side.

Part 2 Sections 1-3

The relationship between Winston and Julia seems to have a different meaning from the relationships of the time. Within the Party, all people are expected to marry for children and make love as a duty to the party, but Winston and Julia make love because they have true, raw emotions that draw themselves to the other. Later on, after sleeping together in th countryside, Winston explains how for him, “It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act” (Orwell 139). This is said to mock Big Brother because their act of love is a political act, but it is agianst instead of for the government. Julia, though much younger than Winton, throws herself at Winston by saying that she loves him and then kissing him. The problem with all of this is that relationships the way that theirs is are doomed because they go against all Party laws. Forming such a strong bond of love and trust is a threat to the Party, and this is the reason Winston and Julia are forced to sneak around everywhere they go and keep their feelings a secret.

Slogan Activity

Similar to the modern phase "Ignorance is Bliss", the Party's emphasized slogan "Ignorance is Strength" expresses that not knowing is in one's best interest. Since the Party doesn't want their citizens to know what is going on behind closed doors, the Party continuously blares out their three slogans in order to transform the views of the people over time. Everyone is told very little and they are taught to be okay with that. Big Brother is very sly about concealing the truth and mutating the past. Winston is one of few people in the know about the Mutability of the Past and it causes him to question everything about Big Brother. The goal is that. No one is aware of the fact that they are being brainwashed and know nothing about their government.

Part 2 Sections 4-8

Quotes

Section 4: "She did not understand that there was no such thing as happiness, that the only victory lay in the far future, long after you were dead" (Orwell 148).

Section 5: "But in any case the Party was invincible. It would always exist, and it would always be the same" (Orwell 166).

Section 6: "The conspiracy that he had dreamed of did exist, and he had reached the outer edges of it" (Orwell 173).

Section 7: "'The proles are human beings,' he said aloud. 'We are not human'" (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” (Orwell 190).

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