1984 Reading Log
Steven Howell


A man by the name of Winston Smith is a rebel. He never acts out against the totalitarian government in a big way, he only writes down in his diary his thoughts. Winston shares eye contact with O'Brian who Winston thinks has the same ideals as him.

“And yet the very next instant he was at one with the people about him, and all that was said of Goldstein seemed to him to be true” (Orwell 24).

Does O'Brian feel the same way as Winston Smith?

Why is it so bad to have a diary?


Tuan Shridar

Uses iPad a lot, Quiet, says little in group conversation, Twitches feet a lot, has a laid back posture,

Shy, Quiet, is thinking a lot, thinks a lot about what he says, wants to go outside more than in a classroom.

This felt very odd, and I felt like I was invading this prisons privacy in an extreme way. I felt like I was an almighty figure that could look down from the sky and see everything that is going on.

What is the significance of 2+2=4 for Winston?

"Freedom is the freedom to say that 2 + 2 = 4. If that is granted, all else follows"(Orville 94). Winston is saying that as long as the party has control of the truth, the people will not be able to take control of their future. The people won't be able to make mistakes and thus make their own ideas. They will only be stuck in the world that the party makes for them.

What does the Big Brother currency represent?

What draws Winston to buy the paperweight even though he knows it will get him in trouble?

Winston and Julia are an odd couple to say the least. With their vast age difference and ideas they are very opposite from each other. When Winston spoke his ideas about life, "[Winston] felt [Julia's] shoulders give a wriggle of dissent" (Orwell 148). I think they are drawn though to the differences of each other yet their same principles in each other. Their relationship is with Julia at the reigns and Winston an advisor. Their roles in the relationship provide the reader with a sense that Julia, with Winston helping her, will make a secret society against the party.

4. “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 265).

5. “After all, what did it matter who had invented aeroplanes?” (Orwell 276).

6. “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 286).

7. “The proles had stayed human” (Orwell 297).

8. "“You will always be in the dark" (Orwell 312).

Little Brother is Watching

Walter Kern relates 1984 to our world today with an imaginary person of Little Brother. Kern says that we are Little Brother and with our technology can invade others or allow others to invade our own privacy. In the article, the story of  Tyler Clementi is presented to the readers as an example of the invasion of privacy. Kern continues on to say how our world today is actually much worse than 1984. He says that at least Big Brother had a motive and did not harm anyone, while Little Brother today has a motive to harm and embarrass our fellow peers today.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Language is a necessary aspect of life. When taken away, a lack of language would make an INDELIBLE stain on human life. Language has been an INVERTERATE part of our life to express feelings and emotion. When language is QUELLED this would cause humans to have no individualality or personality. Opinions would be unable to be said and feelings of being ELATED or unhappy would be unable to be expressed except through TACIT body language. By taking away language, consequences would be the blandness of life without the ability to express feelings and for people to only be able to think in one, universal word. This would eliminate thought crime, but it would also take away any ability to think independently.