1984 Reading Log
Ammar Syed

Homework assignments and questions, directly from George Orwell's 1984

Part 1: Sections 1 & 2

In the first section of Part 1, the reader is introduced to Winston Smith, the Party, and the dystopian world in which they exist.  Winston explains how the Party controls every aspect on life, including how and what aeraon should think, how people should act, and the resources people have avalinle to them.  Winston begins keeping a diary, which he realizes is certain death for being a thought crime.

"“Ingsoc. The sacred principles of Ingsoc. Newspeak, doublethink, the mutability of the past” (Orwell 36)

This quote puts out the principles of English Socialism.  With these principles, the government takes control of every aspect of every person's life.

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What is the effect of doublethink on Winston as he writes his journal?

What are some similarities and differences between INGSOC and some communist and fascists governments that have existed in the past (Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, etc.)?

Learning Station 3

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Part 1: Sections 3, 4, & 5

In Sections 3-5 of Part 1, more information is given on the cause and effect of the trenchant Party in 1984.  The Party was formed from the Revolution as the protector of democracy in a world in which democracy cannot exist.  The government implemented a new concept, the concept of doublethink, to quell any thoughts that would cause citizens of Oceania to abjure the Party.  The government controls every aspect of each citizens life with acrid punishments for stepping out of line and by setting inveterate principles in young children.  The Party works to achieve complete control over all its citizens.  The Party effectively shuts down all individual thoughts from the public and exerts its dominance and influence over the population of Oceania.

Part 1: Sections 6, 7, & 8

Discussion Questions:

How do you think Winston will address his lust along with his wanting to disobey the Party??

How free are the citizens of Oceana??

What effect does the Party's propaganda have on the proles and how does it help the Party??

The propaganda out out by the Party effectively renders the proles unconscious of what is happening in the world around them.  The Party convinces the proles that the Party makes life better and more enjoyable than it was before the Revolution.  Because of this, the proles trust in the Party and are ignorant to the actual rottenness of Bog Brother.  As Winston says, “Until they become conscious they will never rebel” (Orwell 82).  The Party has squashed the prole's conciousness and has saved itself from the only threat it has.

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Part 2: Sections 1, 2, & 3

Winston and Julia have a very spontaneous relationship.  Julia, after seeing Winston and following him for about four days, decides she loves him and wants a relation.  They are drawn to each other because Julia sensed that Winston hated the Party, and Winston wants the oppournity to defy the Party by having an affair.  All Winston wants to do is defy the Party and he says, “Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act.”  Winston and Julia's relation is mainly a sexual affair and it really is not going anywhere.  Winston says that for having this affair, they are both dead.

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Big Brother Slogan

Two slogans, "Freedom is slavery" and "The proles and animals are free," create the illusion of freedom under oppression.  Through the use of propaganda, the Party has effectively convinced the proles that they are free to do as the please.  However, the proles have no freedom because the are slaves to what the Party wants.  The are the work force and the largest force that could threaten the government.  The Party, however, has neutralized their threat by telling them that they are free, but using their strength to carry out the Party's work.  I chose to write about this slogan because it shows how a minority can oppress the majority through words.

Part 2: Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

“Folly, folly, his heart kept saying: conscious, gratuitous, suicidal folly. Of all the crimes that a Party member could commit, this one was the least possible to conceal.”

“Syme had ceased to exist: he had never existed.”

“The conspiracy that he had dreamed of did exist, and he had reached the outer edges of it.”

“What mattered were individual relationships, and a completely helpless gesture, an embrace, a tear, a word spoken to a dying man, could have value in itself. 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.”

“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.”

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Summary of Seminart Initial Source

The article talks about a recently released report by the Human Rights Watch.  The report focuses on an investigation on the use of illegal and abusive methods used by the CIA and  Department of Defense on suspects following the September 11th attacks.  The report talks mostly about the Bush Administration abused its power.  It tells of the abusive methods that the administration used.  It also speaks of how they used illegal techniques and should be prosecuted.

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