nineteen eighty four Reading Log
Part 1 Sections I-II
In Part I, the protagonist, Winston Smith is introduced. He is a 39 year old man who is questioning the morals of the government. He hates women because they so easily accept whatever the government tells them. At work, he watches the Two Minutes of Hate, which stirs up conflicting feelings and feelings of violence. He seems to bond with a member of the Inner Party, receiving the message that it is okay to have feelings of doubt f Big Brother. He also writes in his diary about what has happened in Oceania and "DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER". This action causes him to become paranoid of being caught, but by the end of part 2 he seems to accept that he is a dead man. In part 2, Winston helps his comrade out and her kids pretend to arrest him. In his mind, he criticizes how children are brainwashed into loving Big Brother. He thinks about O'brien and connects him to a dream he had. By the end of the chapter he concludes to remain alive for as long as he can.
“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)
How long has Winston had this hatred for Big Brother and where did it stem from?Does he really not care about dying? How do the police know that he is committing a thinkspeak crime? Were the children arresting him a foreshadow of what will really happen to him? Why does everyone else so easily accept the government? Why is Winston different?
Learning Station 2
Characteristics of a Utopia: Food falling from the sky, Water, Shelter, World peace, Economical transportation, Good education, Clothing, Medicine/no diseases Missing characteristics: Diversity/evolution, Individual thought, Hard work, Poverty
I feel like the utopia would be a pretty boring world and really bland. There would be no fun and really sad and dangerous.
Such a world is impossible because we are human beings who make mistakes.
Characteristics of a Dystopia: Sadness, No individual thought, Dictatorship, Suffering, Judgmental people, Rebellion
Missing from a Dystopia: Happiness, Individuality, Freedom of speech, thought, etc., Realization that people live in a dystopia
I would not want to live in such a world because it is scary and really oppressing. I a, too spoiled with my freedom and if it were taken away I would be terrified.
Yes, this world itself could be a dystopia. This type of world is completely possible.
Part I Sections III-VI
The political structure in 1984 leaves Winston Smith in no way elated about the life that he lives. Because of the government's restrictive and qwelling force, Winston is constantly questioning what is true and what is not. Some of the lies that the Party tells the people are so blatantly obvious that Winston continues to conduct thoughtcrime in order to figure out what is the truth using his memories. However, his memories are a blur, probably thanks to whatever the Party has done, and his brain is not indulgent. He does, however,nrealize that there is a tacit list of who is going to be vaporized once the next generation comes to power. Winston is extreme,y perceptive about what is happening in the government and realizes the effects that there will be in the future, such as his death. The restriction of the givernment also simply tempts Winston to defy it. He holds great compunction for meeting with an old prostitute, especially because he just wanted the sex. This fuels his hatred for the party because he simply wants to be allowed to love. The political structure in the story causes Winston to continuously thrash out against authority and fuels his desire to fight against it.
Part I Sections VII-VIII
Who does Winston believe the best to start a rebellion and why?
Winston believes that “If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there, in those swarming disregarded masses, 85 per cent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated” (Orwell 81). There are so many of them that they could easily overthrow the Party if they worked together. They are also the least restricted as the Party does not care for them, so meetings about rebellion could go undetected.
What was the solid evidence against Big Brother that Winston found years ago and how revolutionary was it?
What does Winston do instead of going to the community center? What does he discover?
Part II Sections I-III
The relationship between Winston and Julia is not based on love; rather, it is based on their desire to rebel and the love of each other's political uncleanliness. Many of the actions they are doing are illegal and could get them both killed and that fuels their relationship. Julia especially is hungry for this adrenaline she gets from doing what is wrong and getting away with it. After meeting with Julia in the field, Winston describes their relationship as a “battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act" (Orwell 139). This is the main reason that the relationship continues. Both of them want to defy Ingsoc and being in this relationship is the only way they can do that. They even speak badly about the government and how wrong it is. They are attracted to each other because of how wrong it is to be together; they are attracted to danger. Winston and Julia's relationship symbolizes rebellion.
Big Brother Is Watching You
For my poster, I chose the slogan, "Big Brother is watching you" because that is one of the slogans found in 1984. The government always has eyes on you because of the telescreens and mics they have all over the place. This slogan causes the people to always be in line because they know that they will be caught for everything and anything wrong that they do. I placed great emphasis on the eyes, making it the only thing in color and the background of the poster. It adds to the effect that "he" is always watching.
Part II Sections IV-VIII
IV: “'It’s all Inner Party stuff. There’s nothing those swine don’t have, nothing'" (Orwell 154)
V: “Syme had ceased to exist: he had never existed” (161)
VI: “The end was contained in the beginning” (173)
VII: “'The proles are human beings,’ he said aloud. ‘We are not human'” (179)
VIII: “Nothing holds it together except an idea which is indestructible” (190)
Little Brother Summary
In today's society, there is no Big Brother; there are multiple Little Brothers. In some cases, there are extremely negative effects. In one scenario, a guy filmed his roommate doing something intimate, which lead him to kill himself. However, in other scenarios, people rise to fame thanks to the cameras all around us. Because of all the cameras and microphones that are everywhere, we have access to images and ways of peeping into other peoples' lives. There is a Little Brother manifested within us, motivated by pure curiositsy. Because of us, there is no line between public and private lives.