1984 Reading Log
Part 1 Sections 1 & 2
Summary: Winston Smith is a middle aged man who is living in a dystopian London in which a totalitarian government uses screens and cameras to look in and invade the privacy of every single inhabitant of the city. Winston thinks he is the only person who opposes this government, but he learns that someone in his work named O'brian might also oppose this government system.
Quote: “Of course he chanted with the rest: it was impossible to do otherwise. To dissemble your feelings, to control your face, to do what everyone else was doing, was an instinctive reaction" (Orwell 26).
Questions: Why do you think that Winston is writing this diary, when he knows it can get him killed?
Why has Winston not been convicted of thoughtcrime or vaporized yet?
Learning Station #5
1984 is part of our culture
1. I found an ad on entertainment tonight that tried to convince me that Oprah has been lying to the public for years, but it didn't tell me anything more than that until I clicked on the link. I thought that the ads were trying to be misleading, but they were so obviously fake that I saw right through them.
Part 1 Sections 3-6
The Party is using all their power to turn all of the inhabitants of London into brainless, calloused laborers. By destroying all tangible evidence or written recollections of the events of the past, the Party can effectively quell all memories of the past and confine the inhabitants to the present that they are stuck in. The Party also alters all indelible, current forms of media that might undermine the Party or Big Brother or make them seem like any less than absolute gods. The Party is also in the process of drafting up a new language, known as newspeak, that will absolutely strip the creativity or personality of any speech at all by confining the speakers to an extremely small window of vocabulary to choose. Finally, any persons that are unwilling to conform to this brainless society are vaporized; they are erased from existance and forgotten without any compunction.
Part 1 Sections 7-8
Why did Winston buy the coral paperweight?
Why did Winston hesitate to attack the dark haired woman?
Why was Winston risking going back to the antique store?
Winston is planning going back to the antique store and also wants to eventually buy all of the nick-knacks that the man has to offer because he wants to have a link to the past. "Even the lunatic project of renting the room upstairs flashed momentarily through his mind again." Winston wants to feel what it was like like live before the revolution, and before the time of big brother. He wants to have evidence of a past that was different from what the Party was describing.
Part 2 Sections 1-3
Winston and Julia are drawn together because they are like opposites. Julia is a vibrant, youthful individual who participates and volunteers in many functions. Winston, on the other hand, is an older middle aged man who doesn't much participate in non mandatory things. These opposite personalities draw each other together and allow them to have this relationship. whenever Winston talked about freedom or being trapped, “[Julia] always contradicted him... She would not accept it as a law of nature that the individual is always defeated” (Orwell 148). Julia and Winston both have wildly different ideas about the Party and life within the Party, yet they still love each other and maintain their relationship.
I chose to make an image for "war is peace" because I felt like it is one of the most prime examples of double speak and the ideals of INGSOC. It is eye opening how this supreme government exercises complete mind control over the public and convinces them that these two polar opposites are one and the same. INGSOC makes the public believe that Oceania is in a constant war with eastasia and Eurasia when there is likely no war at all. And the government then uses this war as an explanation for the constant poor conditions that the public has to suffer through. I feel like my poster has done a good job of representing these ideals and motives that INGSOC is using over the public to pacify them.
Part 2 Sections 4-8
“There it lay, fixed in future time, preceding death as surely as 99 precedes 100. One could not avoid it, but one could perhaps postpone it: and yet instead, every now and again, by a conscious, wilful act, one chose to shorten the interval before it happened" (Orwell 153).
“Syme had vanished. A morning came, and he was missing from work" (Orwell 161).
“It had happened at last. The expected message had come. All his life, it seemed to him, he had been waiting for this to happen" (Orwell 171).
“With all their cleverness they had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking" (Orwell 181).
“You will have to get used to living without results and without hope. You will work for a while, you will be caught, you will confess, and then you will die. Those are the only results that you will ever see. There is no possibility that any perceptible change will happen within our own lifetime. We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future" (Orwell 190).
Panel Presentation Article Summary
My article consisted of a man named Micheal Payne who compared America to Oceania. He labeled President Obama an example of double think, said America was in perpetual war, accused America of mind control and propoganda, and called out government pervasive actions. He also said that America was heading towards Oceania.