1984 Reading Log: Julia

Part One, Sections One and Two

Summary: The chapter starts off very abruptly, describing a normal day in Winston's life. Winston finds an empty diary in his house and begins to write in it, even though he knows that he could be severely punished for it; the only thing he writes is the date. Later on, Winston attends the "Two Minutes of Hate" where he involuntary becomes enraged and yells along with his fellow citizens. After he returns home, he helps one of his neighbors fix something and witnesses her children' savage-like and barbaric behavior. Near the end of the reading, Winston starts to write in his diary again and writes about how he hates Big Brother. Winston constantly switches back and forth between hating and supporting Big Brother and the Party, which shows that at some points his mind is being controlled.

Quotes: “theyll shoot me i dont care theyll shoot me in the back of the neck i dont care down with big brother they always shoot you in the back of the neck i dont care down with big brother” (Orwell 29)


-If being closely monitored and having fewer rights maintains a civil and functioning society, why is it such a bad thing?

-Why is it that Winston is able to constanty switch between his own mind and his controlled mind? Why is he unaware of the transition?

Learning Station #2


Needs: Health care, fresh food and water for everyone, equal job opportunities, equal education, non-corrupt government

Missing: Diversity; different voices and opinions, innovation, technology, creativity

What would it feel like to live in such a world?

The world would be very dull, simple, plain and boring. There would be no uniqueness and individuality because in order for there to be no conflict, everyone has to have the same opinions, values, and morals.

Is such a world possible? Why or why not?

A world like this is completely impossible because our current world is so diverse, unique, and individual. Along with having very opinionated people, a utopia would not be possible because of human nature; humans are innately jealous, racist, greedy, have prejudice etc.


Needs: Different opinions, freedom (of expression), a form of government, a class system, unequal opportunity, change

Missing: Equality, fairness, uniformity

What would it feel like to live in such a world?

It would be difficult, but good at the same time. Conflict and adversity bring change. Change is a good thing because it allows us to grow and see other perspectives. An imperfect world is good because people are able to express themselves and be more unique individuals.

Is such a world possible? Why or why not?

Yes, a world like this is highly possible because of human nature. All humans bring individuality and creativity and different opinions which is what allows conflict, diversity, and change.

Part One, Setions 3-6

Response to the causes and effects of the political system:

No human is perfect, and in general the human race is very flawed. In the Party, no document is indelible. Winton's job is to find documents that could cause Big Brother to be seen as mistaken, and to alter or rewrite these documents in a clandestine manner, so that none of the everyday citizens are able to tell. After making these corrections, Winston sends the documents to a conflagration, so that they can never be seen by the public eye again. Winton's job more or less is rewriting the past. He does this so that he can please his superiors, therefore becoming indulgent to the Party. This removal of the past completely takes away the rights of the people. It is just a simple act that allows Big a Brother to quell his supporters.

Part One, Sections 7-8


1. If Winston is so unhappy with his life and how it is controlled by the Party, why is he so scared of being killed by the thought police?

2. Do you believe that the proles represent our society? Why or why not?

3. If the Party considers the proles to be such a large threat to civilization, why does the Party give them so much freedom?

I believe that the Party gives the proles freedom in the insignificant aspects of life. Meaning that the Party allows the proles very basic and somewhat irrelevant rights such as sexuality, religion etc.; but does not grant the proles very important and valuable rights such as education. Though the Party knows how powerful the proles can become, the Party is able to contain them by taking away these more important rights. At one point, Winston writes a statement that is in agreement with this idea: “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” (Orwell 82).

Part Two, Sections 1-3

Winston and Julia have a very odd and unique relationship. I believe that in some ways, Julia is just using Winston. Their relationship is purely physical; they are barely ever able to speak or talk about their feelings for each other. Julia often talks about her past relationships with members of the Party, and how she corrupted them. I believe that Julia does not actually love Winston like she claims, and that she is just using him to continue to corrupt the weaker members of the Party. Julia is young and beautiful and it seemingly a model citizen; she is a very suspicious character.

“But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act” (Orwell 139).

Big Brother Party Slogan Poster

Ignorance is strength. Big Brother protects us from the dangers and evils of the real world. Big Brother keeps us from needing to make important and risky choices on our own by making them for us. Big Brother acts as a shield to us; both fighting off the bad and keeping us from experiencing it. If we knew everything, life would be much harder and more painful.

Part , Sections 4-8

Chapter 4:

“Privacy, he said, was a very valuable thing. Everyone wanted a place where they could be alone occasionally” (Orwell 150).

Chapter 5:
“Sometimes, too, they talked of engaging in active rebellion against the Party, but with no notion of how to take the first step. Even if the fabulous Brotherhood was a reality, there still remained the difficulty of finding one’s way into it” (Orwell 165).

Chapter 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 173).

Chapter 7:
“But if the object was not to stay alive but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make? They could not alter your feelings: for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to” (Orwell 181).

Chapter 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” (Orwell 190).

Article Summary

In the article, "Little Brother is Watching", Walter Kirn writes about the positive and negative effects of the lack of privacy in our society. One example that Kirn uses to illustrate the issues with the lack of privacy in our society is the story of Tyler Clementi. Tyler was a college aged student who was unknowingly videotaped by his roommate during an intimate encounter. After his roommate recorded the encounter he posted the video online. Clementi soon after committed suicide. Kirn also writes about how the invasion of privacy can be seen as a positive idea because of the fame and fortune that it brings. For example a young woman was videotaped by her boyfriend while dancing for a Wii game, which was then posted on the Internet. This video brought the women tons of attention and eventually landed her a spot on the Tyra Banks Show. Kirn explains how even though the invasion of privacy is wrong, this secretive videotaping can have positive outcomes. A second example that shows the positive outcomes of the lack of privacy is the article that Kirn introduces about an Israeli soldier videotaping a Palestinian woman while taunting and abusing her. This Israeli soldier unintentionally turned himself in for abusing an innocent person. Finally Kirn writes about the positive and negative effects of Google Street View. In the past Google Street View has been known to show horrifying and dehumanizing images. For example Kirn writes about a dead body that was photographed laying on a bloody street. Though this image is completely horrible, cruel, and made the dead body even more vulnerable looking, the image brought attention to the general public of the crimes occurring in Brazil. In general the result of the invasion and lack of privacy is somewhat negative, because the intention of these recordings is almost never positive.

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