1984 Reading Log
Part 1 Sections 1-2
Winston Smith lives in a dystopia where expression, personality, and having an opinion results in death. At the start of his story, he has begun writing in a diary, which is committing a a crime in Oceania. While writing, he reflects on past events such as the discovery that a man called O'Brien might be against the Party like he is. Winston comes to realize and accept the fact that he is going against the Party and the Thought Police might come after him because of it.
“Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death" (Orwell 38, 5).
What would your opinions/beliefs be if you were living currently where and when the story takes place?
Who really governs the people: the Party or Big Brother himself?
Learning Station #5
The commercials for Sprint compare themselves to rivals (Verizon, AT&T) and show that they are better than them. These commercials are often seen as ads right before YouTube videos. Another ad is the one for the Surface pro. The Surface pro also compares itself to rivals (Mac) and shows that it is better. This ad is also seen on YouTube. Both are promoting themselves to the public so consumer rates can go up. Personally, I show indifference to commercials.
Part 1 Sections 3-6
In 1984, political atructure plays a large part in how the community is run. The Party holds so much power that they have the ability to change the past. The Party has people whose only job is to change the past. They have the power to remove anything that is not inveterate. The Party changes people so that they feel no compuction when people are murdered. Children are taught to be callous and not to trust their parents. This is how much power the Party has. Whenever there is even the slightest whisper of uprising, thr Party will quell that rebellion and make sure there is no memory of the event or of anyone attached to the event. The Party has the most trenchant influence over Oceania; they use that power to suck the life out of their people through manipulation and lies.
Part 1 Sections 7-8
Should Winston have kept the picture that proved that he past can be changed? Why or why not?
Do you think you know what the ultimate motive for changing the past is? Is so, then what is it?
What are some advantages and disadvantages to renting the room above the antique store?
Winston should not have held onto the picture of Rutherford, Aaronson and Jones. Even though it was prime evidence that the Party is lying about people's confessions, the Party is just too powerful. They would catch Winston sooner or later, and the evidence would be confiscated and lost forever. However this did help Winston to question “Was the Party’s hold upon the past less strong, he wondered, because a piece of evidence which existed no longer had once existed?” (Orwell 91 lines 4-6).
Part 2 Sections 1-3
Winston and Julia's relationship is one of passion and rebellion. While Winston is drawn to Julia's beauty and impurity, Julia is drawn to the fact that they both despise the Party and refuse to conform to the ways of Big Brother. The two feel safe to vent about their shared distaste of the Party whenever they are together. They also have a lot of passion for each other, and their rebellious nature fuels that fire. Right from the start, Winaton and Julia knew that “No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act" (Orwell 139 lines 13-16). Their relationship symbolizes rebellion and how there is always going to be someone who goes against the law. That rebellious fire that they share is going to end in disaster. It is only a matter of time before the Thought Police find out and vaporize them.
The reason I chose this quote is because I feel that creativity is linked to free thought which is not allowed in the Party. What I am trying to convey with this quote is that to think freely or to be creative is to narrow your thoughts. This slogan is basically trying to suppress creativity and free thought. The image of the flower being crushed is supposed to represent how being creative and free results in being crushed or suppressed. The image of the erasers is supposed to try and convince readers to erase their minds of creativity and the image of Big Brother is there for obvious reasons.
Part 2 Sections 4-8
“He wondered vaguely whether in the abolished past it had been a normal experience to lie in bed like this, in the cool of a summer evening, a man and a woman with no clothes on, making love when they chose, talking of what they chose, not feeling any compulsion to get up, simply lying there and listening to peaceful sounds outside” (Orwell 157 lines 1-6).
“Who cares?’ she said impatiently. ‘It’s always one bloody war after another, and one knows the news is all lies anyway” (Orwell 167 lines 25-27).
“He had moved from thoughts to words, and now from words to actions. The last step was something that would happen in the Ministry of Love. He had accepted it. The end was contained in the beginning” (Orwell 174 lines 20-23).
“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 179 lines 3-8).
“We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone. But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing.” (Orwell 191 lines 1-4)
Seminar Panel: Torture of Political Prisoners
The Human Rights Watch is demanding that former President Bush should face charges for his use of torture on suspects of terrorism after 9/11. Along with using methods of torture such as water boarding, suspects were also transported to countries where torture was used on prisoners. The government recently announced that they're were going to investigate if federal laws were violated while interrogating prisoners overseas, and they were going to investigate the deaths of two men who were in CIA custody. However, the investigation will not go beyond unauthorized methods of torture and the two deaths. While under Bush, legal memoranda was made that justified the use of torture on prisoners. President Obama is not allowing this use of memoranda anymore. Bush and several other of his formal cabinet members attempt to justify their actions of totrure. The Human Rights Waych also wants for these actions not to be attempted in the future.