1984 Reading Log
Jillian Sherwood

Part 1 Sections 1&2

Summary: The story begins with Winston, a worker for The Party, a totalitarian group, who ban any form of self expression. Everywhere he goes are telescreeens which see everything he does, and people are extremely suspicious about anyone who doesn't agree with the Party. Winston doesn't think what the Party is doing is right, so he tries to rebel by keeping a journal that could be found by someone in the future, unfortunately this is a crime punishable by death. Winston goes about his daily schedule and is supsicious about being caught and killed for his crime.

1 Quote: “On coins, on stamps, on the covers of books, on banners, on posters and on the wrapping of a cigarette packet—everywhere. Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed—no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull" (Orwell 36-17).

Write 2 Questions: What is Thoughtcrime, and why is Winston performing it?

Will Winston actually join the brotherhood? Or will he be too scared and find another way to rebel?

Learning Station Number 2

In A Utopia: food and water for everyone, shelter, world peace, fast transportation, good education, medicine, no sickness/mental illness,

Not in a Utopia: diversity, evolution, individual thought, hard work, poverty,

It would be sort of boring, because there would not be any hard work or struggle, which can be good in a small amount.

Such a world would not be possible because humans by nature cannot be perfect.

Dystopia Characteristics: powerful government, sadness, no individual thought, dictatorship, suffering, judgemental peoples, rebellion,

Missing: happiness, freedom of speech etc., privacy, individuality

It would be possible because a lot of these things are happening in our world today, and it is human nature to do this.

I would not want to love in this world, obviously, because it restricts your freedom, and we would not want to end up like the people from 1984.

Part 1  Sections 3-5

In Sections 3-5 we discover the importance of both dreams and daydreams in Winston's life. When he dreams about his mother, while being quite callous to her, he does remember details of his life that were hidden away from him by the Party. Although the party tries to quell any independent thinking or external bonds, what they cannot yet change is the memories the characters hold in the book. The dreams and daydreams give Winston a tangible vision of what life was like before Big Brother and The Party, with their august powers. Although Winston must keep what he has learned in his dreams in clandestine, he now can piece together his own past, unaltered by the government. Dreams in the book signify the last part of the human mond that the Party cannot control, which in reality makes them very weak

Part 1 Sections 7-8

Why does the hope to take down Big Brother lie in the proles? What is the problem with this?

The proles prove to be the only group with enough people in it to take down the Party, unfortunately they seem to Winston to not be able to turn against the party. Winston thinks that “If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there, in those swarming disregarded masses, 85 per cent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated" (Orwell 81). The proles, however do not have sufficient materials or even education to allow them to rebel. So, Winston must either fix the proles, or find another way to rebel.


What is the significance of Winston's encounter with Rutherford and the other two men?
What is Winston's real goal in visiting the pub? What information does he find here?

Part 2 Sections 1-3

The relationship between Winston and Julia is not only a relationship, but more an act of rebellion against the party. Winston, no matter how sure he is of Julia's hiding spot, will always still look around for microphones. This shows that he acknowledges the fact that what he is doing is a blatant act of rebellion against the government that he could be killed for. The relationship probably will not last very long because if they are not perfectly careful one time, they will both be caught and vaporized. Winston realizes that he was "declaring war on the Party [and] it was better to think of [him]self as a corpse" (Orwell 148). There is bound to be a microphone or a member if the Thought Police that overhears Winston and Julia. Even if they both also were able to survive crossing the Party, they most likely will not last because most of their chemistry is based off of their rebellion, and the sense of rebellion will fade with time.

1984 Poster Activity

I chose to do this slogan because it enforces a few of the Party's main ideals. By saying to listen to Big Brother, it is telling the reader to just follow what Big Brother does and not question. Also by saying that Big Brother sees all, it is reminding the reader that they are always being watched no matter what. This also shows how powerful a figure Big Brother is, as on the poster he can see everything that people do.

Part 2 Sections 4-8

Section 4: “As he sat waiting on the edge of the bed he thought again of the cellars of the Ministry of Love. It was curious how that predestined horror moved in and out of one’s consciousness. There it lay, fixed in future time, preceding death as surely as 99 precedes 100. One could not avoid it, but one could perhaps postpone it: and yet instead, every now and again, by a conscious, wilful act, one chose to shorten the interval before it happened" (Orwell 153).

Section 5:“Do you realise that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished? If it survives anywhere, it’s in a few solid objects with no words attached to them, like that lump of glass there. Already we know almost literally nothing about the Revolution and the years before the Revolution. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been re-written, every picture has been re-painted, every statue and street and building has been re-named, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right" (Orwell 168).

Section 6: “He had accepted it. The end was contained in the beginning. But it was frightening: or, more exactly, it was like a foretaste of death, like being a little less alive. Even while he was speaking to O’Brien, when the meaning of the words had sunk in, a chilly shuddering feeling had taken possession of his body. He had the sensation of stepping into the dampness of a grave, and it was not much better because he had always known that the grave was there and waiting for him" (Orwell 173).

Section 7: “The proles, it suddenly occurred to him, had remained in this condition. They were not loyal to a party or a country or an idea, they were loyal to one another. For the first time in his life he did not despise the proles or think of them merely as an inert force which would one day spring to life and regenerate the world. The proles had stayed human. They had not become hardened inside. They had held on to the primitive emotions which he himself had to re-learn by conscious effort" (Orwell 179).

Section 8:“The Brotherhood cannot be wiped out because it is not an organisation in the ordinary sense. Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible. You will never have anything to sustain you, except the idea. You will get no comradeship and no encouragement. When finally you are caught, you will get no help. We never help our members. At most, when it is absolutely necessary that someone should be silenced, we are occasionally able to smuggle a razor blade into a prisoner’s cell. You will have to get used to living without results and without hope. You will work for a while, you will be caught, you will confess, and then you will die. Those are the only results that you will ever see” (Orwell 190).

Seminar Article Summary

1984's lack of privacy is not that foreign to us today. In fact, with today's easily hidden and forgotten cameras and microphones, we may actually have less privacy than Winston did. Instead of one authority figure that people know how to avoid, there are multiple "Little Brothers" in today's world that are always watching you. Whether it be in a positive light, like a funny video of a girl dancing, or harmful Google street views of dead people, privacy is a luxury of the past now. The problem with the Little Brothers is that they are all working for their own intentions. No one knows why people want to spy on others, but it is a common and easily achieved feat to do so.Certainly, there is an extreme lack of privacy today, which does not always have to be negative.

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