1984 Reading Log (Ashank)
Part 1: Section 1 & 2
Winston lives in a land ruled by a dictator, Big Brother, and the "Thoughtpolice" where "WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. [And] IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH" (Orwell 15). On April 14, 1984 Winston goes to a meeting where the HATE occurs which is a criticism session of political leaders. Winston goes to the meeting but is strongly opposed to what the people are saying as he wants Big Brother's reign to end as shown when writing in his diary. He wrote "DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER. DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER..." numerous times (Orwell 32). Winston then recieves a knock on his door. The knock is from his neighbor, Mrs. Parsons because she has a clogged sink. After going to her house and fixing her sink, Winston meets Mrs. Parsons's kids who are obsessed with killing people and on Winston's departure, the kids hit him with a catapult. Winston then leaves the house and proceeds to hide his diary so he does not get killed or arrested by the Thoughtpolice.
What type of character might Orwell change Winston into? A hero who brings down Big Brother or a coward who runs away from the situation given?
How might Winston react if the Thoughtpolice come to his house for no reason given the information found in the chapters read?
Newspeak Learning Station 1984 (#3)
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1984 Reading Log (Ashank)
Part 1: Sections 3-6
Political stature was purely dependent on the job that one held. For example, the Records department, a very clandestine group, held a higher rank than other groups such as the "Physical Jerks" who where not quiscent, but not inveterate. Other groups like the Inner Party are active consistently, making them nocturnal, and through this work ethic they have risen to power and rule over a lot of people and have created a follower group that insults Big Brother. Big Brother's reign is indelible as wherever one goes, Big Brother is always watching. He rules by fear giving him the most power and the highest spot on the political tower.
Part 1: Sections 7-8 Discussion Questions
How might the foreign spy or citizen have affected the community and world that Winston lives in. Would the foreigner have a great enough impact on Winston to help him overthrow Big Brother or would the foreigner have taken control of the goverment and taken Big Brother's spot on the throne and crown himself king?
The foriegn man was some kind of an "enemy agent-[who] might have been dropped by parachute" (Orwell 78). Since the man was an enemy agent, I would think that he would enlist the help of Winston to overthrow Big Brother, but I am not certain what he would have done with the power that he had if he was able to overthrow Big Brother and his colleagues. The foreigner would definitely have an impact on the community, but 1 person winning against the rest of the world is not very likely to happen.
If Hate Week was non- existent would anger snap people out of their trance and would people realize that what Big Brother was doing was wrong?
Are Winston's thoughts of suicide caused by fear of Big Brother or the fear of being tortured physically rather than mentally?
Part 2: Sections 1-3
Winston and Julia are so drawn to each other because they first time they met it was a very short meeting where Winston sees Julia fall and he helps her up. Later on she sends him a love not saying "I love you" (Orwell 40) They were drawn together because there was a little mystery behind jt to find out who the person was and they both witnesses love at first sight.
The slogan War is Peace from 1984 means that fighting a war leads to peace and therefore, in the eyes of Big Brother, war is peace. I chose the picture on the left side because if one disobeyed the law the penalty was often death or torture and I decided to say where one would suffer these traumatic events. Big Brother enforces this slogan everyday so I remembered a quote from Usain Bolt when he set the 100m sprint world record and put that as the time the rules were enforced. As for his biography, I simply looked up Big Brother on Wikipedia and put the website dedicated to him for his website. The picture on the right was a playful comic picture that shows a man having a fun time throwing model missiles at a model Earth saying "War is Peace".
Part 2: Sections 3-8
3) “How did you manage to get hold of all these things?’‘It’s all Inner Party stuff. There’s nothing those swine don’t have, nothing.”
4) “Winston should believe O’Brien to be trustworthy on the strength of a single flash of the eyes.”
5) “I’m not interested in the next generation, dear. I’m interested in us"
6) “If you ever want to see me, this is where I can be found,’ was what O’Brien had been saying to him. Perhaps there would even be a message concealed somewhere in the Dictionary.”
7)“The proles are human beings,’ he said aloud. ‘We are not human.”
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. If you want us to incriminate ourselves in any other way, we are ready".
First Article Summary (Perpetual War)
The article mostly explains how 1984 is an allegory. Oceania is most similar to current America as both are constantly fighting wars. Some for freedom, others for not very good reasons. The article shows that America is on the brink of perpetual wars but is not quite there yet. The article also talks about how political messages are spread using propaganda.