Big Brother Is Watching You

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| 1984 |
Themes| Individual vs. Society-Julia and Winston (p.27,pp.312-322)Rebellion-Winston and Julia break the rules, Winston because he questions the party’s principlesTotalitarianism/Knowledge Is power “Big brother is watching you”, omnipotent, omnipresent (P.3) also signified by the fact that Winston needs to hide his thoughts because he is more intelligent than the norm Knowledge is dangerous, especially independent thought, Intelligence leads to rebellion, can be seen through Winston’s perception of O’Brien”Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” freewill (p.81) The Degradation of Language- Language controls expression and thought, B.B. controls them, therefore B.B. controls all expression and thought. TruthIn the beginning Winston debates what is truth, because his job is to alter history. Whoever controls the present controls the past and vise versa. In the end, he accepts the truth of his enemy, of society, without truth, democracy is not possible.-->why language manipulation and rhetoric can be unethicalIgnorance is bliss-those who do not question B.B. seem happy, & the proles, taken to the extent that true happiness and victory will only come long after the nothingness of death, even when the dumb Parsons is turned in by his daughter, he is happy. The Triumph of drudgery.Nihilism-Life is meaningless, individuals and their actions are insignificantHedonism Julia breaks the rules simply because they prevent her from doing what she wants, not because she questions their principles or purposemakes reader realize that reason for rebelling is importantLoyalty & Betrayal- common theme also destroyed is loyalty and love between husband and wife, as shown by Katherine. Julia betrays Winston, Winston betrays Julia. Commentary on people’s inherent selfishness. Anti-Utopia, Dystopia-O’Brien “the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic utopias that the old reformers imagined” Patriotism-Mindless...
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