1984 DJ’s Section 1
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
The opening scene of 1984, where the clocks in the area show that 1:00.
The clocks are running on military time, hinting at the fact that the people living in the area, are living in a very strict militaristic type of government 5
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.
One of the Party’s many slogans that warn the people that Big Brother is watching them.
By people knowing that Big Brother is always watching them, they will be inclined not to think of anything that goes against what the party teaches. Ultimately, keeping the Inner Party in charge because everyone fears starting a revolution. 6
The patrols did not matter, however. Only the Thought Police mattered.
Winston watches as the Police Patrol snoop around peoples windows looking for suspicious activity, but thinks about how their jobs are useless.
In our society, with no police, everywhere would be in utter chaos! But in this society, for everyone to fear the government enough to where they do not attempt anything illegal and the police for monitoring thoughts are the only effective type of enforcement means that this society is severely oppressed. 20
They’ll shoot me, I don’t care, they’ll shoot me in the back of the neck, I don’t care down with Big Brother, they always shot you in the back of the neck, I don’t care, down with Big Brother.
Winston, Big Brother
Winston is ranting in his diary about how people who go against Big Brother get shot and killed.
I feel that at this point Winston is terribly paranoid of the dangers of going against Big Brother. He writes repeatedly of how these people always get shot in the neck. I feel that with this, Winston desperately feels the urge to take down Big Brother, even if it means losing his life, but at the same time he still feels worried about losing his life.
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