1984 Reading Log

Part 1 Sections 1 & 2

Summary:

Winston Smith is an ordinary man living in a fictional then-future dystopia where individual thought and objection to the authoritarian government, "INGSOC," is prohibited. Winston, however, has doubts, and it appears that a character known as O'Brien does too, giving Winston hope that he is not alone in his doubts. After participating in the daily program known as "Two Minutes Hate," he privately writes in his diary about these reservations he has towards INGSOC, even going as far as to write "DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER [the leader/representative of INGSOC]" several times. He then meets Ms. Parsons and her children, who are alarmingly in support of INGSOC. Concerned about other people suspecting that he is thinking independently, he wipes the ink off of his fingers.

Quote:

"WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH" (Orwell 15).

Discussion Questions:

1. How is INGSOC able to get away with its proclamation of its three blatantly contradictory slogans?

2. To what degree has INGSOC brainwashed its citizens?

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