Travis Burnell

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Summary (3-5 sentences) The narrator describes the world that Winston lives in. Winston Decides to write a diary, but ends up with a bunch of anti-big brother stuff. Winston has to fix a pipe for a neighbor and their kids playfully accuse Winston of breaking thought laws, this worries Winston because he actually is breaking thought laws.

Important quote:"(nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punishable by death." (Orwell, 18)

2 discussion questions:

Why does Winston hate pure women so much?

Does O'Brien actually feel the way Winston does or did Winston imagine their connection?

Learning station 4

What does the chorus mean?

It means that the characters are always being watched, like they are the stars in a reality T.V. program.

What about the rest of the song?

It depicts the dictatorship of the government in the book.

Vocab 12/Response

The CALLOUS society is numb to the obvious  dictatorship of Big Brother. The Party has too much power and will QUELL any rebellion within Oceania. The Proles are treated like they are IRRELEVANT but they are essential to the structure of the society. The Proles are the workers in the INVETERATE society in 1984. No Proles really know what goes on within the CLANDESTINE walls of the ministries's fortresses.

Part 1

1.Why are the proles happy with the life they live?

2.Why did Winston ever feel the need to get married.

3.Why is Parsons proud of his evil children.

Parsons is raised under the principles of the party. Winston describes Parsons' willingness to accept the lies of the party, "Yes, they swallowed it. Parsons swallowed it easily, with the stupidity of an animal." (Orwell, 80) If Parsons accepts the lies of the party, then he thinks thought criminals should be turned over. Because Parsons thinks that thought crimes should be punishable,  he prides himself in producing children that would turn in his own wife if they suspected her of thought crime.

Winston and Julia

Winston and Julia are drawn to each other becausethey both detest the party. Julia describes why she is attracted to Winston when she says, “It was something in your face. I thought I’d take a chance. I’m good at spotting people who don’t belong. As soon as I saw you I knew you were against them.” (Orwell, 135) Julia mentions that she saw that Winston did not belong, maybe she feels like she does not belong. Both of them feel that the people around them should be realizing that the party is bad, and both of them are frustrated by the complete lack of people willing to resist the party.

Propaganda project

I chose to promote "war is peace" with images of a dove. Since doves are usually used as a symbol for peace, I found pictures of doves that suggested war and tragedy. The dive with a bomb represents the brutal means to which we annihilate out enemies in battle. The bloody dove represents the individual soldier and the sacrifice he or she made for his or her country. If a soldier can sacrifice his or her life for Oceania, surely it's citizens can go without chocolate or tobacco.


"Both of them knew it was lunacy. it was as though they were intentionally stepping nearer their graves" (Orwell, 153)

"The room was a world, a pocket of the past where extinct animals could walk. (Orwell, 164)

"By sharing a small act of thoughtcrime he had turned the two of them into accomplices. (Orwell, 172)

"And yet she had possessed a kind of nobility, a kind of purity, simply because the standards that she obeyed were private ones. (Orwell, 178)

"'You are prepaired, the two of you, to seperate and never see one another again?' 'No!' broke in Julia." (Orwell, 187

Article summary

After the events of September 11, certain harsh interrogation tactics were used by the U.S. to extract information from terrorists. The captured terrorists were taken off of U.S. soil and were tortured. People say that the CIA broke national torture laws. The report says that Bish authorized water boarding and the CIA's overseas detention facility. After the alleged 20th hijacker was caught, he was put through a six week program of turture, followed closely by former defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. The Human Rights Watch wants the U.S. to compensate those subjected to harsh interrogation and review national torture laws to make sure that torture does not happen again.

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