August 15, 2002
1984 Quote Journal
“On each landing, opposite the lift shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. Big Brother Is Watching You, the caption beneath it ran.” (Orwell 5)
This quote is an example of how effective and convincing The Party can make a simple poster. The Party has put posters everywhere constantly reminding the Party members that they are being watched. Being watched played a major role in every Party member’s life in the book. Winston who was constantly scared of doing things, such as having a face of anxiety or not cheering with as much enthusiasm in the two minute hate. Everything that Winston did throughout the novel that he thought was not seen by the Thought Police was seen by them. Winston even tried to make sure that his diary was not bothered with so he sprinkled some powder on the corner of the book. That powder was carefully replaced as if it was the same as when it was first put there, by the Thought Police, that is how watchful and investigative the Thought Police is.
The Thought Police are continuously spying on the Party members through the televisions, hidden microphones throughout Oceania, and spies of their own. The Party wants to keep an eye on their Party members to have control over them. They have no freedom. Winston can’t even take a walk on a good day with out suspiciously being watched. Winston and Julia underestimate the power of the Party. Julia thinks that she has got the Party and Thought Police figured out. She believes that she can hide from the Thought Police. Yet when her and Winston think they have beaten the Party and were working and representing the real brotherhood. Though in the end they were the ones that were actually figured out, by the Thought Police.
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The Thought Police are actually watching, when least expected. The Party watches the people of Oceania as to control them. This quote basically shows that there is no freedom or privacy in Oceania. That people in Oceania live afraid to take a walk on a good day. All of this connects to the theme of the book. Orwell made the novel to show people what would happen in the future, or 1984, if the west turned into a totalitarianism government. This quote shows one of the dangers of the government controlling everything.
“He discovered that while he sat helplessly musing he had also been writing, as though by automatic action. And it was no longer in the same cramped awkward handwriting as before. His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals—DOWN WIH BIG BROTHER” (Orwell 19)
The quote is an occurrence of what happens to Winston when he dazes off while writing in his diary. Since Winston wrote this, there is obviously a part of him that hates Big Brother. Of course Winston is afraid of what he has written. Because the Thought Police can catch someone even because of their thoughts. Since the dairy itself was already a risk now what he wrote was a risk. And even if he didn’t write it just thinking about it was a risk.
Why would he write this? The Winston that was writing this was his real conscious. His mind realizes that what the government does doesn’t seem to be right. Like the constant watching. He notices that he had before been brainwashed to accept Big Brother. Though in the back of his mind he always knew that something wasn’t right. And now his back thoughts have came forward by writing “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER”.
Of course after this incident he began to recall things that seemed sketchy before, about the government. He figures out The Party had everyone of Oceania brainwashed. Naturally he would now become even more afraid about the Thought Police. Since now he assumed that he knew the truth. So his thoughts are running though his head about hating Big Brother. Now he must find a way to hide his real feelings. Because a simple look twitch in a conversation could reveal his real feeling to the Party members, that would turn him in to the Thought Police.
The Party has so much control because they have brainwashed the people of Oceania. The people of Oceania know that some of the things The Party says are incorrect but they have been filled so much with Big Brother that their real conscious is blocked. That is how much power the Party has. And is probably how they control the people of Oceania well and still are controlling them. The Party has made the people of Oceania afraid to think. So they just don’t think.
This quote relates to the theme of the book, by the danger of totalitarianism. Orwell shows that for totalitarianism to work and be accepted is if the government brainwashes its people. Which is a downside to totalitarianism, because obviously people wouldn’t want to be brainwashed. Another downside of the government controlling everything that Orwell shows in the novel 1984 is being afraid to think or to express your real feelings. There is no freedom of thought. Either that or the people of Oceania have been brainwashed so much to be afraid of thinking or having different feelings then the model party member.
“When we’ve finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again. You think our chief job is inventing new words…. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. The Eleventh edition won’t contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.” (Orwell 45)
This quote was said by one of Winston’s “comrades”, Syme, to Winston. Syme is working on a new newspeak dictionary and is explaining to Winston that they are getting rid of so many words that the older generation would have to learn it because it would come to be a foreign language to them.
Why would the people of Oceania go through all the trouble of learning a new language? Because the Party has said that it is a much easier language then the previously used old English. The words of newspeak are cut down. Such as it doesn’t consist of the word bad, the language uses prefixes and suffixes for antonyms of words, the word for bad is ungood. So therefore there is no need for the word bad or any other synonyms of bad. Also to get a stronger version of the word such as good it would be “plusgood” or “doubleplusgood”, and that would make obsolete words like “splendid” and “excellent”. That is how Syme is “cutting the language down to the bone”. Since
The Newspeak language was really made to less express ones thoughts and have less meaning. The Party has made the language to be specific and to have no creativity to ones speaking. The Party is manipulating people by leaving them with not enough words to express their feelings or thoughts. And since they cant express them the people must think they not exist and forget about them. The Party’s goal for Newspeak is for the language to require less thought when speaking. So when a Party member is asked a question the Party member wouldn’t have to spend time to think of words to say, they would just spit out words automatically, sort of like a robot.