1984 #13

Freedom is the right to do or say whatever you want without having to ask permission, privacy is when someone can be by themselves and not have to worry about people bothering them. Individualism is when someone relies on themself and no one else. Big government is when the government spends a lot of money to try to control people. surveillance is when something or someone is being watched.

Since Orwell was born in 1903 he had to deal with a lot or events that impacted everyone and still does to this day. Since he seen Stalin rise to power it made him paranoid about communism. Today Stalinism is not something people have to worry about, they’re really not paranoid about it like Orwell was. Orwell’s vision about how 1984 could possibly be was completely off, but its understandable why he would think that could happen. Today our society isn’t completely controlled by our government, we don’t have to listen to them we really make our own choices. I don’t see how Orwell’s visions could come true without violating many right of the people. I agree with Winston’s statement because if someone truly believes something there is really no way anyone can change that person’s mind, yes people could give that person their opinion but in the end that’s all they could do is express their opinion. I think the purpose of the book 1984 is to make people think about things that could have happen and how would they be able to handle the situations. Orwell’s intent was to make people think about what could happen in the future if they did not make the right choices. He thought this would really happen to our society, but again it was most likely because of what he experienced.

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1984 # 12

Julia and Winston finally got caught, Winston is in a cell and has no idea what has happened to Julia. I dont know why he doesn’t seem to be worrying about her, does he really love her or did he just think that because they were both rebelling? Is Winston at the ministry of love? This book is getting kind of crazy. Why is everyone that winston knows getting caught now? What do they want Winston to confess to?

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1984 #11

Winston and Julia never see each other, not because they choose not to but because they work so much. Where they live women are not allowed to wear make up, Julia eventually buys make up some how so she can show Winston more of her feminine side. Winston likes Julia because she is not pure, she has been with a lot of guys so it makes her basically seem like she’s rebelling against the Party. Winston doesn’t like the party. I don’t really know why, but some parts of the book are really confusing.

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1984 #10

Julia gave Winston a note, he didn’t really know what the note was until he looks at the note later on. He can’t read the note in public because he doesn’t want to get in trouble. When Winston finally reads the note all it says is I love you in big writing. Eventually Winston and Julia sit together and eat lunch, but they don’t make it obvious that they are aware of each other. They plan on meeting at victory square. Winston is eventually aware that he is in love with Julia as well.

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1984 #9

In 1984 Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia, the only thing Winston knew was that it was on 4 years since Oceania was at war with Eurasia. He did not know if there really was a war or not but that’s what the government told everyone. For as long as Winston could remember Oceania was always at war with somebody. In a way its like the government is probably not telling everyone the truth. That’s what im getting out of it.

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1984 #8

In the book from page 13 on it talks about how Winston smokes victory cigarettes and drinks victory alcohol, both are not good at all but it works. Emmanuel Goldstein is the enemy of the people, Goldstein was the renegade and backslider who along time ago was the leader of the party. Goldstein usually produced fear and anger to everyone automatically. Winstons mother died from drowning or so he thinks, this was a dream that he had. Winston also has a serious coughing problem that usually was most violent when he first woke up. Winston also has something called a Vericose Ulcer.

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1984 #7

In the book the government is divided into four ministries. The ministry of truth, ministry of peace, ministry of love, and ministry of plenty. The ministry of truth usually deals with news entertainment, education etc. ministry of peace concerns itself with the war, ministry of plenty is responsible for economic affairs and ministry of love maintains law and order. Winston works for the ministry of truth. Are these branches suppose to be a substitute for the branches that we have today?

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1984 #6

Winston wears blue overalls because its the uniform of his part, he is a part of the outer party. there are three parties inner party, outer party and proles. Proles are the lowest of the parties, people dont consider proles people and they think they are to stupid to try to rebel against the government. The upper party wears black overalls as their uniforms. The party has three slogans. War is peace, Freedom is slavery and Ignorance is strength. Im not sure why this is their slogan it confuses me. Is there a certain reason why they choose this?

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1984 #5

Kids are spys in the story, thats the only reason why people were suppose to have kids. If a “couple” cant have kids then they parents are seperated. Couples arent allowed to divorce, just seperate. When people are married they have to be approved by the party. They dont marry for love, if there is any sign of affection or physical attraction between the two then they are not allowed to get married. Why is this? How come they arent allowed to get married because they love each other?

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1984 #4

In the book Goldstein was the leader of the party, he produced anger and fear automatically. Winston buys a diary so does that mean he is commiting thoughtcrime? Thoughtcrime is when someone thinks for themselves. When people get caught doing something that they are not suppose to be doing they are taken away without any trial, theres no report of any arrest its just like to person disapears. Is this an good example of dehumanizing? Im not really sure what that is.

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