Summer Reading Assignments: 1984 by George Orwell

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First Journal EntryPg.27The quote reads “How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbled on a piece of paper, could physically survive?” I wrote this quote in my diary to demonstrate that the government did not want our thoughts or opinions to be shown to the public. I am hoping that this isn’t destroyed along with everything else that is not accepted by Big Brother. The government would wipe it out of existence maybe even before I can finish my sentences. I try to write as much as I can so people in the future know how I felt and how people were treated. Probably even so I could feel more important than I do now. I choose this quote because these people are suffering and upset that the government is destroying all their beliefs little by little. Though in the United States we have the right to speak our mind and we take it for granted.

That really shows a difference. Also shows how a government can put down people in such a level that they feel like they are dead while still alive.

Second Journal EntryPg. 91The quote reads “Do you feel that you have more freedom now than you had in those days? Are you treated more like a human being? In the old days, the rich people, the people at the top-.“ I had to ask that question to the old man that was sitting down at the bar. I wanted to know if his life was impacted so much that he could have more freedom after the Revolution like mine was impacted when the government could watch me at all times; though mine was impacted in a negative way. I remember reading that there was a terrible oppression, injustice and poverty and for him to have a better life now, as I thought he did, was inspiring. I choose this quote because Winston is relating his life to a man at a bar and could find similarities with him. In my opinion, this shows how a bad government or war can bring oppression felt by both human beings.

Third Journal EntryPg. 173The quote reads “You are prepared, the two of you, to separate and never see one another again?”“ No!” broke in Julia. “No,” he said finally. This was the three quotes needed to use in order to understand what is going on. They took me into a room where I wasn’t even sure I belonged but I questioned them as much as I could. I know for a fact that Julia and O’Brien were there but couldn’t identify the other voices. They ask me about the Brotherhood and I told them it very well existed; they told me they were thought-criminals as well and wanted to join. Then they asked me questions of how far I would go to keep everything a secret, which I even said yes to murder. I couldn’t say yes to depart from my beloved Julia though, I knew I couldn’t. I choose this quote because it shows how much Winston cares for Julia in a way that probably not even himself is willing to admit at first. It shows now though how he really wants love to be a big part of his life.

Fourth Journal EntryPg. 222The quote reads “And by the way, while we are on the subject, Here comes a candle to light you to bed, here comes a chopper to chop off your head!” Julia and I had been kidnapped out of the house and we had no idea where we were. There was a voice repeated everything Julia and I would say though giving us little information about what was happening. All I knew is that we were dead. I was trembling until I heard the noise of solid men in black uniforms coming in a stampede. Though nothing will ever replace the feeling I had that day when I found out that Mr. Charrington was a member of the Thought Police. I choose this quote because it would be horrible having those words being the last ones you hear thinking that you are about to be killed in seconds. All the anxiety that brings would be even strong enough to kill someone if you were to ask me. Can you imagine being said that, not knowing where you are, and seconds away from death itself?Fifth Journal EntryPg. 248The quote reads “Until this moment you never considered what is meant by existence. I will put it more precisely. Does the past exist concretely, in space? Is there somewhere or other a place, a world of solid objects, where the past is still happening?” I was talking to O’Brien about the past, present, and future while he was bringing up those slogans that government had again. In a way he was trying to convince me that the Party, which he is a part of, controlled the past. I told him that he has never been able to control the past or my memory of it; nor will I let him. He asks me a question of how many fingers he was holding and I counted four, which was correct but he stabbed me with a needle and asked “What If the Party says its not four but five?” It was as if he was trying to influence and control my decision in order to show that the Party can control me whenever they wanted to. I choose this quote because when I was little I was always fascinated by time travel described in books and movies. I always wondered how people could go back in time and leave there time period exactly how they left it, explore the past, and have time not even move when they came back. It is as if there is another dimension where the past continues to live on.