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Critical Appriciation of the Two Minuets Hate in 1984

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Write a critical appreciation of pages 16-18 "in its second... uttering a prayer". How does the two minutes hate contribute to your understanding of the nightmare world in which Winston lives? The two minutes hate is almost a celebration of a cult, a sort of gathering of religious fanatics to honour their ruler, Big Brother. Orwell uses it to show the expressions of anarchy amongst the 'leaping and shouting' people and how this would be their only chance to express their human feelings in the nightmare society in which they are forced to live. Winston's dystopian world is displayed in Orwell's unsympathetic parody of the two minutes silence in commemoration of WWII and epitomises the 'frenzy' of emotions, the terror and violent culture that Winston has to tolerate. His elaborate view of religious or political fanatics scrutinises these kinds of obsessions and demonstrates how it can over-power a person's life. ...read more.

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He has the power to rebel, although he submits to a 'hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer'. This juxtaposition of hideousness and ecstasy shows Winston's abhorrence is all towards the party and Big Brother instead of the loathed Goldstein. In Winston's conscious mind he changes into a 'grimacing, screaming lunatic' and is capable of switching his hate 'from one object to another'. These images are distinctive of a dystopian novel and relates to the time of obsession and paranoia that was experienced during World War II, when the novel was written. Winston's hate develops into an 'inescapable' sexual lust for 'the black haired girl'. He describes his desire to 'flog her to death' and how it would be a 'beautiful' sight. This contradiction is Winston's flicker of rebellion against the 'sinister enchanter' that is Big Brother. ...read more.

Conclusion

Winston's seemingly only flaw it that subconsciously he switches his thoughts from one side to another and it is only 'the black haired girl' who lays bare his real personality and sets him straight. The two minutes hate represents Orwell's character and his novel as a whole as we see his hate for the outward expression of human feelings and his ultimate desire for control. We find his detestation of religious extremists on course throughout the novel, which replicates its dark and dystopian themes. He has channelled his hate in to his work and through what may indeed be a representation of the author himself, Winston's Character. Every element of hope is lost for Winston during the two minutes hate. This raises our understanding of an embodiment of a nightmare world that hopelessly celebrates a religious cult and its inescapable anarchy, which will ultimately have its revenge on Winston's mutinous mind. ...read more.

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This is a very strong and competent response which exercises great analytical skills here. The candidate clearly possesses an extensive knowledge of the novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and has studied Orwell's intentions with the novel. This external research and contextual appreciation ...

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Response to the question

This is a very strong and competent response which exercises great analytical skills here. The candidate clearly possesses an extensive knowledge of the novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and has studied Orwell's intentions with the novel. This external research and contextual appreciation being integrated within the answer is a great way to show the examiners that you have the incentive to conduct extra research into the purposes of the studied text in order to fortify your answer with knowledge that sets your essay one above the rest.

The structure here is also good, as the candidate coherently forms a powerful essay with an strong introduction that explains the Two Minutes Hate and it's purpose, and a similarly effective concluding paragraph. All in all a stellar essay.

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis here is very good, The analysis is in abundance and very often to a depth that satisfies the mark scheme easily. With frequent use of embedded quotes (which are effective because they help the essay flow at the same time as supporting the analysis), this candidate can expect to reach a high A grade for their efforts here. The candidate considers a number of things that Orwell tries to tell us as well as how the Two Minutes Hate is reflecting his religious, political and social views. The study of Winston's character and the changes the Two Minutes Hate induce in him are very impressive and show an excellent level of detail being considered during analysis. This is an excellent essay.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is excellent also. The candidate confidently uses their knowledge of the English language to express their analysis. There is no cause for concern with regards to spelling, punctuation or grammar. The only issue I have is that the candidate does not use quotation marks when quoting from the source text, and instead uses inverted commas. Candidates at A Level really ought to know that quotation marks are used for quotes from published sources, and inverted commas are used for the titles of said published sources (e.g. 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'). Though unlikely to lose marks here, just be careful with some of the more picky exam boards.


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