After reading 1984, I have come to the conclusion that I actually enjoyed the book. It is one of very few books that I have enjoyed in reguards to an assigined reading assiginment. In the beginning, the book does a phenomenal job of introducing important elements to the story. There are few parts where the plot becomes dull. I would reccomend this book to High School students, as the content of this book is for mature audiences. The events that occur in this book keep the reader drawn in for the duration of the story. I feel that the physical format of the book was rather unecessary, so far as organizing the book into 3 parts and then into chapters per part. I also disliked the fact that “The Book” written by Goldstein, is revealed to the reader. I feel that that conent should have been ommitted from the novel to leave room for the reader to interpret their own understanding of their government actually works. Personally, this book has had an effect on me in such a way that, makes me look at the way our society is today. This book illustrates how the government is gradually intruding upon the privacy of citizens, only it’s not along the lines of having power but for the security and safety of mankind.
“Tragedy, he perceived, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.” -pg. 30
This quote explains how a situation going wrong, was something that could only happen in the “old-times”, and how in earlier years there wasn’t as much security as there is currently. It explains how there was a time to cherish love and friendship, but now that is impossible because of the controlling government.
“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” -pg. 70
This passage reveals the truth about the society the people are living in. Basically, it’s saying that no one will go against governmental policies because they do not understand their function. And because they have no knowledge of them they therefore, can’t rebel.
“At the sight of the words I love you the desire to stay alive had welled up in him, and the taking of minor risks suddenly seemed stupid.” -pg.109
This quote shows how emotional thoughts begin to take over people’s mindset, and the risky doings that seemed worth it at the time; become stupid. Since emotional appeal has come into the picture, Watson is not willing to risk his life, as he wishes to stay around for the one that he loves.
” The air seemed to kiss one’s skin. It was the second of May. From somewhere on the deeper in the heart of the wood came the droning of ring doves…He was a bit early” -pg. 117
These lines express Watson’s feeling when he goes to meet the girl. It represents his nervousness and the anxiety he has built up inside of him.
“I hated the sight of you…I wanted to rape you and then murder you afterwards. Two weeks ago I thought seriously of smashing your head in with a cobblestone.”-pg.121
These are Winston’s thoughts about the girl, before he had found out that she loved him. He proclaims all of these profound things, because he had made assumptions that she was apart of the Thought Police.
“I hate purity, I hate goodness. I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.” -pg. 126
This quote represents the aspects of 1984, that illustrates the almost “perfect” society that they are trying to maintain. Trying to keep up to a standard such as that will eventually create insane people, which is why Winston wishes these characteristics over society.
“…his hair, which had been almost white, had turned black. Also he was not wearing his spectacles. He gave Winston a sharp glance, as though verifying his identity, and then paid no more attention to him…”– pg. 224
In this passage a shocking discovery is made about the shop keeper, Mr. Charrington. As Charrington rapidly goes through this transformation Winston is disturbed but then realizes that he is an agent of the Thought Police.
“Anything that hinted at corruption always filled him with a wild hope.” pg.125
This quote shows how Winston is longing for a weak spot in society’s government. He is determined to watch it fail, so that people are able to live more freely and be able to express themselves without someone breathing down their neck watching their every move.
“2+2=5” pg. 290
Although it is not a technical quote with words, this equation truly expresses the control that Big Brother has over Airstrip One. This equation is what people are forced to believe even if they know the true answer. Accepting this equation is evidnece that you know the government has controll over everything.
“He loved Big Brother.”-pg. 297
Though it is a shorter sentence, it has so much power and brings closure to a great novel. This dictates to us that after a good effort towards fighting for privacy and freedom to believe in what is right, everything that Winston had against the government was no more. He eventually had to accept everything about the world that he lived in.
–March 29th, 2011 pg. 297
In book 3 Winston is caught and put in jail. There, he is accompanied bu his neighbor, O’Brien, and an older lady who goes by the name Smith, and is presumed to be the mother of Winston. It is here that Winston must give up the good fight against the government and accept them for everything they do and say. When Winston tells O’Brien that he hates Big Brother, guards take Winston to Room 101 where unbareable torture takes place. Out of the many things they could have tortured him with, O’Brien brings out Rats, which are what he hates most. Winston, under the unbarable pressure betrays Julia and tells them to torture her instead. Now, I think it is just absurd that you could force anyone to believe what you say. And it is just uncouth to kill a person for not accepting it. Thankfully we live in a society where we are allowed to say and think whatever we desire, and not be penalized for it.
–May 26th, 2011 pg.183
Well not exactly….they were doing a little more than that. Much of the focus in book 2 is directed twoards Julia and Winstons’ relationship. The government, is so controlling in this book, that they won’t even tolerate sexual behavior. Julia and Winston are so fed up with the Party’s rules and regulations, that they are determined to go against them. You can find them in the woods “doing-the-do” just for their own pleasures. Each encounter between the two of them gets more serious than the previous. One thing that makes this affair between the awkward, is that there is a rather wide age difference between them, which makes it a bit disturbing to read. It’s a shame that government could get so controlling that they would even have control over something such as sex.
–May 20th, 2011 pg. 140
1984 is rather awkward. In this portion of the novel we are introduced to the main character Winston. Throughout the story he exposes us to the abnormal nature of the world he lives in. There are these machines called telescreens. They are basically T.V.’s that pick up on every little thing your doing. Sort of like a two way mirror. The only difference is the people on the other side never EVER go home. In this world someone is constantly watching your every move and always knows what you’re thinking. This kind of relates to the world we live in today. Technology has advanced so much, that it is nearly impossible to have privacy in your own life. For instance, there are apps. On phones that reveal where you are no matter where you go. Kind of wired that we’re already moving towards the kind of security found in 1984 isn’t it?