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April 22, 2018

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1984

by N@ncy

 

Title:  1984

  1. The book was written in 1948.
  2. Orwell interchanged the numerals 48 to 84.
  3. Orwell wanted his book to be set in the future,
  4. …but still be close enough to the present to be frightening.

 

Structure of society:

  1. Big Brother (leader of the party)
  2. Inner party (brain of state)
  3. Outer party (hands of the state)
  4. Proles (85% of the people)

 

Who is  Big  Brother?

  1. There are two theories:
  2. Big Brother represents Joseph Stalin.
  3. Another theory is that the inspiration for Big Brother
  4. …was Brendan Bracken, the Minister of Information until 1945.
  5. Orwell worked under Bracken on the BBC’s Indian Service.
  6. Bracken was customarily referred to by  his initials, B.B.
  7. Orwell resented the wartime censorship.
  8. Orwell felt the need to manipulate information came from the
  9. highest levels of the Ministry….
  10. from Bracken’s office in particular.

 

Introduction:

  1. It is about a political system of thought
  2. …that can change an individual.
  3. It is happening even in 2018.
  4. The difference is we can choose and rebel.
  5. Winston tried
  6. …but he could not fight against the party any longer.
  7. “Sanity was statistical
  8. Freedom is slavery.
  9. Two and two is five.” (Part 3, ch 4)

 

Strong point:

  1. George Orwell did have a sense of ironic humor!
  2. The party undermines the solidarity of the family …but it calls its
  3. leader by a name which is a direct appeal to the
  4. sentiment of family loyalty: Big Brother.

 

Orwell named the ministries with the reversal of the facts!

  1. Irony: continuous  war…carried out by Ministry of Peace.
  2. Irony: falsification of the past…carried out by the Ministry of Truth.
  3. Irony: torture, repression, espionage…carried out by the Ministry of Love.
  4. Irony: starvation …carried out by the Ministry of Plenty. (Part 2, ch 9)
  5. These are deliberate examples of
  6. ..Orwell’s concept of dubblethink.

 

Winston

  1. He changes from thoughts, to diary, to actions
  2. …then in the Ministry of love to be brainwashed.
  3. The end was contained in the beginning.
  4. Winston undergoes three stages of integration
  5. Learning – Winston reads Goldstein’s book
  6. Understanding – Winston’s torture with the ‘dial’
  7. Acceptance – Winston’s spirit is broken.
  8. He has accepted the Party entirely.
  9. He has learned to love Big Brother.
  10. “…nothing has changed…only your attitude
  11. Crime stop ( protective stupidity)
  12. …they called it in newsspeak.”
  13. (part 3, ch 4)

 

Conclusion:

  1. My first impression of this book was not good.
  2. Bradbury’s book  Fahrenheit 451 was  more upbeat
  3. …despite the  repressive circumstances he described.
  4. Orwell is giving me page and page of depressing literature.
  5. Face crime, newspeak, doublethink.
  6. This was not uplifting during a bike ride. (Part 1)
  7. When returned home….Part 2 and Part 3 were mesmerizing!
  8. I highly recommend the audio book via Audible.com.
  9. Andrew Wincott is the narrator.
  10. His voice is hypnotic.
  11. Orwell saw privacy as one of the most necessary elements in a human’s life.
  12. I try to imagine what he would say about Facebook!
  13. People these days are very ‘casual’ about their privacy!
  14. Weak point: Winston’s affair with Julia was the least interesting.
  15. Strong point: Winston reads Goldstein’s book.
  16. Emmanuel Goldstein is the great enemy of Big Brother.
  17. Winston is more impressed than ever by
  18. …Goldstein’s ideas of the reality of the world situation
  19. Orwell leaves a lasting impression  in part 3.
  20. O’Brian (Inner Party) brainwashes and tortures Winston
  21. Note: torture is luckily not described in details!
  22. I was most impressed by the concept that the party can
  23. freeze history at a particular moment of time.
  24. History is just a tool for propaganda.
  25. The party simply edited the “records” of the past
  26. to “sync” the present.
  27. This gives the party the ability to control the future.
  28. #Classic   #MustRead
  29. …so that you can  recognize the dangers that still linger.

 

Last Thoughts:

  1. Past events only survive in written documents and human memories.
  2. The Past is whatever the party chooses to make it.
  3. Is this happening now?
  4. Will we ever learn the TRUTH about the assassination of
  5. J.F. Kennedy, his brother Robert and Martin Luther King

 

  1. I listened to this book and must admit I let my thoughts
  2. drift off to the present government administration in the USA.
  3. The ideas of the present administration are imposed
  4. most successfully on people incapable of understanding it.
  5. Voters could be made to believe the most flagrant notions of reality.
  6. How could the removal of climate regulations be good for Louisiana….
  7. where the death rate due to pollution is the worst in the country?
  8. But many  citizens of Louisiana (as many  did in other states…)
  9. elected the current president because
  10. they never fully grasp the enormity
  11. …that was demanded of them ( voting !)
  12. 1984….all over again!
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. tracybham
    Apr 23 2018

    I must add this to my list of classics to read. I know I read it when I was younger, but it would be a new experience now.

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    • Apr 23 2018

      Tracy, I listened to this book and must admit I let my thoughts drift off to the present government administration in the USA. The ideas of the present administration are imposed most sucesssfully on people incapable of understanding it.
      Voters could be made to believe the most flagrant notions of reality. How could the removal of climate regulations be good for Louisiana….where the death rate due to pollution is the worst in the country? But they (as many others did…) elected the current president because they never fully grasp the enormity that was demanded of them …voting!
      1984….all over again!

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  2. Louise Minervino
    Apr 23 2018

    Love the poster.

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    • Apr 23 2018

      This poster just jumped off the page for me. I like sleek, minimalist illustrations that speak 1000 words!

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  3. Apr 26 2018

    I read this in my uni years & saw the play last year. The ideas are very powerful & scary given how much our world has grown towards Orwell’s creation rather than away from it.
    The play was really well done.

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