1984 Reading Log
Ethan Brown

Part 1 sections 1 and 2

Summary- Winston Smith is being watched by the Telescreen.  He hides a diary in his briefcase.  He finds a corner where he cannot be seen by the Telescreen and writes in his dairy because he is not supposed to.  Big Brother,  Emmanuel Goldstein, has a two minute hate to all the people on the telescreens.  Winston is suspicious of this and so is O'Brien.

Quote- “The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely" (Orwell 13).

Questions- Why is Winston afriad of women?  What is the two minute hate?

Learning station 2


Present- health care, fresh food and water, equal job opportunities, equal education, non corrupt government,

Missing- diversity, different voices and opinions, creativity, innovation, technology

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

The world woule be a very dull, simple place.  There would be no uniqueness or individuality.  Everyone would believe in the same exact thing so there would be no diversity.  

Is such a world possibles?

Such a world is not possible because there will never be a time when everyone believes the same things.  


Present- war, diversity, different opinions with no way to express them, government one sided, unequal opportunities,

Missing- fairness, equality, uniformity

How would it feel to live in such a world?

There would be no freedom and everyone would live in constant fear of the government.  

Is such a world possible?

Such a world is possible because of human nature.  Human nature bring individuality and creativity which creates problems.  

Chapter 3-6 summary

Winston begins to think about what he knows from the past.  He cannot remember if they have always been DISSONANT or with whom they were at war and with whom they had an alliance.  Everyone is divided by age group for exercises and when Winston struggles to touch his toes because he is trying to ALLEVIATE the pain, the instructor calls him out.  Winston goes to his job given by an EDICT from Big Brother, destroying old historical papers so they can be replaced by what Big Brother wants history to be.  Newspeak is becoming more popular, changing a once LOQUACIOUS society into a society of few words.  Big Brother makes promises that he will supply everyone with boots but he always comes up with and excuse to RESCIND his promise.  Winston thinks having sex with a prostitute would be the ultimate sign if rebellion, but after the affair, he still wants to rebel.

Chapter 7-8

Why are the proles the only group that can overthrow the Party?

Why don't the proles try to overthrow the Party?

The proles do not rebel against the party because they think everything is fine.  They do not know what life was like in the past.  The Party is tricking them into thinking this is the best way to live.  Winston writes, "“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious" (Orwell 87).

Why does Winston hesitate to attack the dark haired woman?

Part 2 chapter 1-2

Winston and Julia have a very strange relationship.  At first “[Winston] imagined that [she] had something to do with the Thought Police"(Orwell141).  Winston was scared of Julia but after he received the slip of paper his fear left him.  Julia and Winston cannot meet whenever they want because they would draw attention to themselves.  In order to be together they have to walk a long distance into a clearing in the forest where there are no telescreens or microphones.

Big Brother's quote "Freedom is slavery" means there is no such thing as slavery or freedom but they are the same. If

I used a picture of big brother because he is the cause behind the entire party.  I used multiple pictures of "freedom is slavery " to emphasize its importance.

Chapter 4-8

“It’s all Inner Party stuff. There’s nothing those swine don’t have, nothing"(Orwell 162)

“Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right" (Orwell 178)

“The conspiracy that he had dreamed of did exist, and he had reached the outer edges of it" (Orwell 182)

“The proles had stayed human. They had not become hardened inside. They had held on to the primitive emotions which he himself had to re-learn by conscious effort. And in thinking this he remembered, without apparent relevance, how a few weeks ago he had seen a severed hand lying on the pavement and had kicked it into the gutter as though it had been a cabbage-stalk" (Orwell 189-190)

“You can turn it off!’ he said.‘Yes,’ said O’Brien, ‘we can turn it off. We have that privilege" (Orwell 194)

Summary of torture article

The article, "Bush Should Face Criminal Probe over Post-9/11 Torture," deals with the treatment of prisoners after 9/11.  George W. Bush is accused of torturing prisoners.  The US agreed to the International Convention against Torture but Bush is accused of going against this agreement to get information.  Abu  Zubaydah was water boarded an excesive 83 time.  If they did not get any information out of him in the first couple of times they should not continue the punishment.  Another prisoner, Mr. Qahtani lost 60 pounds in four months.  This treatment of prisoners is wrong and should not be used by any country.

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