1984 Reading Log
Part 1 Sections 1&2
Okay, so in the first two whatever-they-are-calleds (sections?) we are introduced to the big names and we find the conflict brewing already. Our main character, Winston, works for the ministry of truth and is definitely not your ordinary civilian in this twisted world. He keeps a diary, which apparently is against the rules, and, to his horrid realization, finds that he indeed does not conform with the normal mentality of the rest of his people. Instead of revering Big Brother, he despises his very existence and believes he should be stopped. He feels he may be alone, but finds that he may have a friend in O'brien, but even that is uncertain. Everything is uncertain. Who know what is to come.
Quote: “Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word” (Orwell 28-29) .
why do they feel the need to abolish everything?
What will happen to Winston after writing in his diary/ for having a diary?
Learning Station #4
1. What does the chorus mean?
Answer: the chorus basically means no one cares unless they get something out of it. When it says "pay an audience to care" and then states "lights camera transaction" it's saying people are only acting like they care because they will get something out of it. It's all about appearance on the screen, how people have an impression of how people act, and people are paid to do that. And in the book, the people emulate and create hate from watching the people on the screen. And for their undivided loyalty, they are paid with "safety".
2. Pay an audience to care- no one cares unless they get something out of it.
The electric sheep dreaming of your face- the telescreens, people count sheep in their head to go to sleep, the endless monotony of it all, like wise the endless monotony of the telescreens lulls you to sleep. And the thing that put you to sleep, is watching you because the telescreens have cameras. Boom
In these sections we learn more and more about the acrid conditions Winston and the other citizens of Airstrip One have to live in. Their food is awful, their clothing, living spaces, and recreation areas all smell of heavy body odor and no one can does anything about it. The filth has become a platitude that everyone just thinks is perfectly fineIn fact, no one wants to do anything about, as the Party has quelled their sense of diversity and well- being, and replaced it with selfish and individualistic states of mind. Sayme makes it blatantly obvious that the Party will use trenchant force to subdue all consciousness and dumb down the population so they are more conformable. They intend on making the minds of the people quiescent, like robots who's purpose is to serve the party.
Is it possible that the party is telling the truth about the past?
Can / will there be a second revolution against the party or will the proles not attempt it?
What will happen to Winston with all his snooping around?
In these last sections of part I, we find that Winston is continuosly trying to find a solution and an answer to if the past is true or not. But Winston comes to realize that "“both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and the mind itself is controllable”(92). Since everyone is so suceptible to whatever the party gives them, they are being controlled by Party. And that is the sad truth, that they won't be able to revolt because they have been wired against it.
Part II- Sections 1-3
Winston and Julia's relationship, by any stretch, is not a normal one. But even though their affection is shown in such an obscure manner, it does hold a deeper meaning that can ultimately foreshadow something dramatic happening. For one, their relationship strongly symbolizes a rising against the tyranny of BB. It shows courage to go against an unstoppable force and not flinch at the face of your enemy. To me it symbolizes hope, no matter how nasty it may be, that there will be a future wher people don't have to hide their true identities.
The poster I created portrays a soldier fighting for the INGSOC Forces. Now many people would believe the war is for their well- being and for the peace of Oceania, but it is in fact to contain the people. It scares people to think they are at war, and that is exactly what the government wants for these people, the want continuous fear. They don't care how many lives are lost. They want power at any cost.
Sections 4-8 quotes
4: “The room was a world, a pocket of the past where extinct animals could walk.”(164)
5. “Moreover she took it for granted that everyone, or nearly everyone, secretly hated the Party and would break the rules if he thought it safe to do so.”(166)
6. “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”(179)
7. “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. Neither of us will even know whether the other is alive or dead. We shall be utterly without power of any kind. The one thing that matters is that we shouldn’t betray one another, although even that can’t make the slightest difference.”(190)
Big Brother Article Response
As fictional as 1984 may have been when it was written, the circumstances that were created in the mind of George Orwell are becoming actual realities in our world today. Modern-Day North Korea has practically reconstructed Fictional London's environment and made it an actual place, where famine has taken hold of the population, disease is vastly uncontrollable, and an omnipotent leader is always watching. The article we read spoke of an actual network within the North Korean government that allows them to look in on their families, friends, and everyone else in North Korea. The scariest part of all of this is the fact that these circumstances come in such close contact with a fictional book, a made up tale that was composed in someone's mind. The fact that it is now a living (if that's what you want to call it) and breathing society, puts into perspective just how bad these circumstances really are. If the book was so horrific, just think how bad it is to wake up every day of your existence, and step into 1984.