M. Shelton 1984 By. George Orwell
M. Shelton 1984 By. George Orwell
Various other co-workers
Book I (Winston)
Winston describes her : (Physical and demeanor)
Winston describes the Parson's apartment:
Winston's neighbor comes over to ask for help the sink drain
Winston meets Parson's children:(describe them)
Winston notices that Mrs. Parsons has something in the lines in her face:
Winston thinks about how terrified Mrs. Parsons is of her children why?
Winston considers again whether O'Brien is a friend or an enemy: what does he conclude about this?
Winston finally writes a message to the future in his diary (perhaps showing what is true intention in keeping the diary is--he hasn't even said it to himself)-- read what he writes and consider what his world is like by thinking of the opposites of what he wrote:
Winston goes over the Party slogans
Freedom is Slavery
3.Ignorance is Strength
War is Peace
When Winston wakes we find that he is forced to do exercises by an authoritarian woman over the telescreen.
Again, we are shown that Winston is in poor health as he coughs his way into the routine. As he works out, he lets his mind wonder about the past.
The girl with the dark hair appears in the Golden Country and throws her party uniform aside. She is naked but Winston doesn't think of it as sexual and we and are led to believe that she is free by not wearing the party uniform and that it could be that easy to sweep away the party ideology. She is natural and pure in his mind is like the Golden Country.
The Party maintains complete control over the past. The Party also demands complete submission to it's authority. If the party says black is white then you'd better believe it. This means Doublethink.
Winston's dream changes to the Golden Country, a idyllic pastoral scene that is the opposite of the gritty, dirty city in which he lives. It's clean, beautiful, and natural.
Doublethink is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your head and believe them both to be true, usually as an act of self-preservstion.
Winston is dreaming of his mother and sister. We are beginning to get important and wonder what significance they hold?
Winston's Lunch break at his apartment
There is a tv with a camera n his apt that watches him all the time while at the same time spewing propaganda about how great the government is
Winston describes London as old and decayed except for the Gov. buildings
Winston indicates that his behavior is changed he knows he's because he knows he's being watched all the time
Winston commits a capital crime in ch.1 by beginning to write in a diary
In his diary he describes going to the movies where the films are about blowing u refugees and immigrants while the audience laughs and enjoys the show
Winston begins thinking about the 2 minutes hate from that morning: everyday around 11 they get together where every they are (like the pledge) and spend 2 mins watching a commercial about the counties enemies (Eruasis) and the terrorist Goldstian. The commercial ends with the Big Brother who calms the crowd.
Winston catches O'Brien's eye during the hate and feels that O'Brien feels the same way about the Party that Winston does that h hates Big Brother The chapter ends with a knock at Winston's door and he thinks the that the police has already caught him.
We're introduced to various co-workers.
The chocolate ration changes 35 grams to 25 grams after the Party had promised that there would be no reduction.
Winston works in an office where everyone feels as though there in competition with each other. Thus, everyone is suspicious of each other and slightly dislikes each other.
Winston imagines that everyone is looking for an opportunity to stab each other in the back ---- think about the culture that must create!
Winston works at the Ministry of Truth where he changes the old news stories to make the Party and BB look as if they are always correct -- and therefore completely control.
We learn that Winston loves doing his job. It's lying for a living but at least he gets to challenge his mind and be creative.
We get our first examples of Newspeak. A shorthanded, simplified language designed to limit the thoughts people can have.
Winston creates Comrade Olgevy to replace Comrade Withers (who has become UNPERSON).
Winston notes that when he is done forging history and the job of forgery is forgotten, Oglevy will be just as real as Julius Caesar or Charlemagne and will exist based on the same evidence.
Winston listens and thinks about how Syme will be vaporized. That he's too smart and speaks to plainly about things--things that other people are trying to ingnor.
Parsons shows up and begins to hound Winston about collecting money for the decorations for the APT building during hate week later in the summer.
He says that the point is to limit the range of language so that it limits the range of thought--since humans think in language, if you can't say it you can't think it.
Mr. Duckspeak (some guy from the fiction dept) is rattling on and on about the principles of the party. Winston thinks he sounds like a duck and that it's not the man's brain that producing the words but his throat. (i.e. he's unconsciously spouting out party propaganda).
Syme is working on Newspeak and explains that Newspeak is the national language.
Winston looks around him and thinks about who gets vaporized and who doesn't. He decides that being dumb helps but that it's difficult to really say what type of person is safe in this society.
Winston is eating lunch with Syme and eventually Parsons.
Parsons brags again about how horrible his children are, that they burned a women alive or not showing enough respect to Big Brother. The kids are being trained as ammeter spies. This is scary because it's all a game to them, but can have adult consequences.
Winston describes the way on which the Proles live. They are simple, they live in dilapidated buildings. They are not political just patriotic. Beer, football, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds.
The thought police move about them and get rid of anyone who might become dangerous, otherwise they are alone. "They are beneath suspicion" The party slogan is "Proles and animals are free"
He remembers how, walking down a street there was a huge commotion over some sauce pans for sale. It's so loud that he thinks a riot as started but its just about 300ish people fussing with each other.
Winston reads from a children's history of capitalism in the early 20th century but is seemed to mixed up with the feudal system complete with a "King of the Capitalists"
Winston is writing in his diary again. He muses that the Proles are the only hope of overthrowing the party since they are 85% of the population.
Winston realizes that this history is a lie because he remembers differently; He thinks. The past for him is unclear since he was only little after the war and shortly before the revolution.
He then goes through the recent history that his fairly claims of the party since then. The party claims to have made life better in almost every way since the 1960's -- but there is no way to prove any of it.
Just once, shortly after his wife left, he found solid documentary evidence that the party was changing the past.
3 party members, who were part of the early revolution, Jones, Arronson, and Rutherford had been accused of flying to Russia and trading secrets. They were arrested, tried and inprisoned.
After several years, those men were set free and then a short time after that re-arrested and then they confused to doing all sorts of terriosism and anti-party activity. They were tried and then put to death.
Problem is winston found a picture of a news paper that proves that the original changes against them were false. He destroys the picture but the memory of that information has lived on and continues to bother him.
Winston concludes the chapter with the statement "I understand HOW, I do not understand Why."
Book II (Winston & Julia)
Book III (Winston & O'Brien)
Earth in some not-too-distant future
The world is split into 3 superstates
Eurasia-Soviet Union, Europe
Eastasia-China, Japan, Vietnam, Pacific Islands
Oceania-Americas, United Kingdom, Australia
Winston Lives in London, UK