1984 Reading Log

Dani Matlock

Part 1 Sections 1 - 2

Summary: Winston began to write in a diary while hiding from the telescreen. He wrote about how he hated Big Brother and hated the way of life in Oceania. Winston recounted what happened in the morning during the Two Minutes Hate when he made eye contact with a coworker in the Ministry of Truth. He also helped his neighbor clear a sink and was then confronted by her kids who were complaining about not seeing the hanging. Winston then went home and was more comfortable with writing in his diary.

Quote: “It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which the Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak—‘child hero’ was the phrase generally used—had overheard some compromising remark and denounced his parents to the Thought Police” (Orwell 34).

Questions: Why are kids so quick to turn their parents in to the government? How did the government make people enjoy watching others suffer?

Learning Station #5

Example 1: Propaganda is shown in the Sprint commercial when people cut their old phone bills in half. This can be seen on TV during commercial breaks or on YouTube. This commercial is trying to convince viewers that Sprint is better and cheaper than AT&T and Verizon. I think these commercials can be effective when people are unhappy with their current phone bills.

Example 2: Propaganda is also shown in the Surface Pro 3 commercial when a Surface Pro 3 Tablet is being compared to a MacBook Pro. The narrator is saying that a tablet is better than a computer. These commercials can be effective to a person deciding on whether to buy a tablet or a computer and thinking of the pros and cons of each.

Part 1 Sections 3-6


In 1984, the government is changing the current language and destroying words to make it harder to think bad things about the government. Most people today would think that language is indelible, but the government is destroying records of any last words by putting papers in a conflagration. I do not like this idea because they are taking the freedom of the people and making them think a certain way and taking away the inveterate language that is known by everyone. The purpose of destroying words is to quell any source of rebellion, but I think people should be able to speak their mind about what is wrong with the government. They are also taking away any tangible remnants of the country's past. I think this is horrible because it is just a way for the government to have even more power.

Part 1 Sections 7-8

Question 1: How has Winston changed throughout time?

Question 2: Why does Winston want to find out more about the past?

Question 3: How are we like the proles?

Today, people are like the proles because we only think about the little things. Similarly, the proles only remember "a million useless things, a quarrel with a work-mate, a hunt for a lost bicycle pump, the expression on a long-dead sister’s face, the swirls of dust on a windy morning seventy years ago” (Orwell 105). People today focus on these things too, and we do not care about what is going on in the world around us. These are the things we remember, and we will only look back on the small things instead of big things like national issues.

Part 2 Sections 1-3

Winston and Julia are drawn to the rebellious side of each other. When they meet in the woods, Winston says, “The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?" (Orwell 138). Winston is telling her that he loves that she breaks the rules. She also is attracted to him because she could tell he is against the Party.

Slogan Activity

This poster represents the slogan "War is Peace". I chose the picture of a boy and a soldier to show that the citizens of the country are safe and out of danger. The picture creates a sense of happiness and safety for the people who look at it. When people see the picture, they do not think of war as a violent act but as a means of keeping peace in the country. The eye in the bottom is also a reminder of the government and how they are watching over everyone to keep the safe.

Part 2 Sections 4-8


“Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” (Orwell 168)

“By sharing a small act of thoughtcrime he had turned the two of them into accomplices.” (Orwell 172)

“When his father disappeared, his mother did not show any surprise or any violent grief, but a sudden change came over her.” (Orwell 175)

“But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing. It might be a thousand years. At present nothing is possible except to extend the area of sanity little by little.” (Orwell 191)

North Korea Article Summary

The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, admitted to capturing Japanese citizens to steal their identities for international travel, to help train spies in Japanese customs, or to brainwash them to become spies themselves. People from other countries are now watching and looking for information regarding North Korea's control over its citizens. One of the people fleeing to China released a phone book that is only accessible to Korean leaders. This book is being used to find out more information about Korean leaders and their controlling actions. In the book, there are hotlines for citizens to call the government to turn people in for rebellious actions. North Korea is now trying to find trade with other countries because Korea has had a mass famine.

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