Daily Archives: May 23, 2011

Big Brother, who is he anyway?

So, I thought I would let you know my opinion thus far of who “Big Brother” is. Honestly, I do not think “Big Brother” is any specific person. I do not honestly think that one person can have that much power. I think that “Big Brother” is a group of people who made up who they want people to think “Big Brother” is. That group of people is controlling the whole society of Oceania, not just one person. Because if there was just one person who was truly that power, wouldn’t he be out being seen by the people so that they know that he is truly watching. But, so far, “Big Brother” has yet to be seen. So, I don’t think the all-powerful “Big Brother” exists.

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Update on my thoughts…

Initially, I thought that I was going to absolutely hate this book, because as we all know, I am a modern Hippie who loves her some peace. Well, my opinion has changed a little.  While I will not say that I have grown to love this book, I will say that I have started to hate this book less. In fact, I could even say that I kind of like it. Along with being a hippie, I am a romantic. I love the romance. So, now that we have a little bit of romance in this story I find it easier to read. I still at times find it hard to read, because it makes me mad that they can just simply erase history, and someone can just disappear without people even questioning where they are and if they are okay. I hope that as I keep reading this book, I will start to like it more. Because, it is the last book I will ever read in High School. It has to have good memories, or I will forget it, just like I forgot the first book I read in high school.

With Love, Comes Loss.

In this section of reading, one of the main things you see, is the blossoming romance between Winston and Julia. With Winston’s love, came a lot of loss. But, not loss of good things, that would make him sad to lose, but loss of bad things that make him happy to leave them behind. As Winston and Julia’s love blossomed, his drinking problem went away, along with his ulcer, varicose veins, and coughing fit. He no longer felt that life was intolerable, he did not feel the urge to make faces at the telescreen. He was happy and nothing else seemed to matter to him. I think this is very symbolic. Before Julia. Winston was plagued with many bad things and feelings. But, after Julia they are all gone. Julia brought out the good in Winston. I think Julia and Winston’s relationship is symbolic for having control. Winston and Julia have control of their relationship which makes them happy, and makes them almost forget how they have no control in all the other aspects of their life.

Quotes of Significance.

1.”WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”  Page 87. This quote is significant because it is the Party’s three slogans. The slogans make the people of Oceania see that to be at peace, they have to be in war. If they were free that would be a horrible form of slavery. Also, that if you are ignorant you are strong.

2.”Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?…”- Syme to Winston. Page-46; This quote is significant because it shows the true point of Newspeak. I believe everyone feels the same way as Syme, but no one is willing to say it out loud.

3. “One of these days, thought Winston with sudden deep conviction, Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written in his face.” Page 47. This quote is significant in several ways. It shows that Winston really sees why people are vaporized, it shows that Winston understands what is right and wrong according to the party, and it shows how Winston feels about Syme.

4.”I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY.” Page 68. I think this quote is very significant. It shows us that Winston really just does not understand why the Party would need to falsify the past. Of course he knows how, because he does it, he just does not understand why.

5. “Winston had dropped his habit of drinking gin at all hours. He seemed to have lost the need for it. He had grown fatter his varicose ulcer had subsided, leaving only a brown stain on the skin above his ankle, his fits of coughing had ceased to be intolerable, he had no long any impulse to make faces at the telescreen or shout curses at the top of his voice.” Page 124 This quote shows that now that Winston has love in his life, and happiness in his life, the hardships do not matter. With love came a loss for all things that made him ache with hatred, his ulcer, his skinny, varicose veined body, the telescreens, everything. Because, with love, nothing else matters.

6. “You are a flaw in the pattern, Winston. You are a stain that must be wiped out.” Page 210 This quote shows how Winston does not fit in with society, how he defies he, how he is therefore different, and people in Eurasia cannot be different, and so Winston is not allowed to be different.

7. “Does the Brotherhood even exist?” Page 214 This quote shows that Winston is questioning the Brotherhood, he is realizing that the things that the Brotherhood has been telling him may not be true, and that it might not even exist.

8.“He accepted everything. The past was alterable. The past never had been alterable.” Page 228 This quote shows Winston giving into the society that the Brotherhood had made. He accepted that he might have known that the past had been changed before, but now he thinks that it was not altered. It’s almost like the “if you can’t beat them, join them” saying.

9. “At the apex of the pyramid comes Big Brother. Big Brother is infallible and all-powerful” Page 170 This quote shows how powerful Big Brother is in the Oceania society. Big Brother is above all.

10. “He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother” Page 245 This quote is important, not only because it is the last sentences in the book, but it is also important because it shows Winston’s change. We knew Winston as defiant against Big Brother. This quote shows that he is a different Winston then we knew throughout most of the book.