Tackk Reading Log
During Chapters 1-2, we are introduced to the phrase "Big Brother is Watching You". This means that the government is always watching no matter where you are. If you are in your home, they achieve this through "telescreens", or a TV like device that can see you as well as show news from the government. This telescreen delivers video and audio footage to the government so they can monitor you. They use these telescreens to keep their citizens brainwashed and to arrest anyone and kill anyone who was opposed to their order.
"The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in." (Orwell 24)
1. What small act did Winston do that is punishable by death?
Write in his diary.
2. Why is the government so personal with its citizens?
Being so personal makes them easy to brainwash.
Learning Station #5
Here false advertising is used to trick the public into thinking that there is some sort of illusion that comes along with the product but in the fine print it says that there is no x-ray illusion that comes along with the product.
I believe one of the least irrelevant themes in 1984 Chapters 3-6 would have to be dreams. Although Winston seems like a rather callous person on the outside, his emotions are often contained inside his head and inside of his dreams. At the beginning of Chapter 3, he takes responsibility for the dissapearance of his mother and shows compunction for it. He also dreams about a girl practically conflagirating the law by running toward him completely naked. Then later in the chapter when he is exercising for Physical Jerks he reminates back to his childhood.
1. What are the ministries and how do they affect society?
2. Name the characters Winston has relations with and describe their relationships.
3. How does Winston feel about his diary?
1. The four ministries are the Ministry of Peace (minipax), Ministry of Truth (minitru), Ministry of Love (miniluv) and the Ministry of Plenty (miniplenty). Although the Ministry of Love is the scariest and the most impactful, there is a very good description of the ministry of Truth. "“And the Records Department, after all, was itself only a single branch of the Ministry of Truth, whose primary job was not to reconstruct the past but to supply the citizens of Oceania with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes, plays, novels—with every conceivable kind of information, instruction or entertainment, from a statue to a slogan". The ministry of Truth (specifically the Records Department) changes the past to match the predictions that the Party made in the past.
Julia and Winston's relationship symbolzes revolution and care-free affair. The best quote that describes their relationship is:
“I’m thirty-nine years old. I’ve got a wife that I can’t get rid of. I’ve got varicose veins. I’ve got five false teeth.’‘I couldn’t care less,’ said the girl.The next moment, it was hard to say by whose act, she was in his arms."
Their relationship is very carefree and rebellious involvuing countless affairs in random locations showing that they do not care what Big Brother or the Party says.
Big Brother Slogan
For my Big Brother slogan I decided to use "ignorance is strength" and put a funnier and more sarcastic meaning to it. "What you don't know can't hurt you" is what I imagine Big Brother saying when someone asks them what Ignorance is Strength means, so I put it towards the bottom of the page. The background image is an image of two people with blindfolds shaking hands symbolizing ignorance.
Chapters 4-8 Quotes
Chapter 4: “He turned round, and for a second almost failed to recognise her. What he had actually expected was to see her naked. But she was not naked. The transformation that had happened was much more surprising than that. She had painted her face.”
Chapter 5: “One of the notices carried a printed list of the members of the Chess Committee, of whom Syme had been one. It looked almost exactly as it had looked before—nothing had been crossed out—but it was one name shorter. It was enough. Syme had ceased to exist: he had never existed.” (266/561)
Chapter 6: “Any identifiable reference to him [Syme] would have been mortally dangerous.” (283/561)
Chapter 7: “We may be together for another six months—a year—there’s no knowing. At the end we’re certain to be apart. Do you realise how utterly alone we shall be? When once they get hold of us there will be nothing, literally nothing, that either of us can do for the other. If I confess, they’ll shoot you, and if I refuse to confess they’ll shoot you just the same. Nothing that I can do or say, or stop myself from saying, will put off your death for as much as five minutes.”
Chapter 8: “We believe that there is some kind of conspiracy, some kind of secret organisation working against the Party, and that you are involved in it. We want to join it and work for it. We are enemies of the Party. We disbelieve in the principles of Ingsoc. We are thought-criminals. We are also adulterers. I tell you this because we want to put ourselves at your mercy”
The article titled "Orwell's "1984" becoming a reality in modern-day America" tells us how America is closely related to Oceania in 1984. The article states that it is absurd for Obama to recieve a nobel peace price while he is carrying out two wars at the same time. It says that America is "evolving into the living example of Orwell's journalistic masterpiece". This could be true, but the evidence provided by the article is not enough to be able to tell whether or not we are heading in that direction.