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    1984 - What does Orwell do in the opening two pages of the novel to unsettle the reader?

    5 star(s)

    Throughout these first couple of pages Orwell purposefully refuses to expand on things which confuse the reader. For instance, "The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats", and simply doesn't give an explanation why. This deliberate omission is employed to purely keep the reader on edge and impel him/her to read on. Another example of this is towards the end of the second page, "The Patrols did not matter, however. Only the Thought Police mattered". This line immediately grabs attention and creates suspense, but Orwell leaves it here. The reader is now left feeling insecure and leaves us questioning ourselves through mere confusion of what may be happening in this society.

    • Word count: 676
  2. Peer reviewed

    How does Orwell make the introduction to 1984 alarming?

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    Throughout the extract, the only emotions described are negative ones, those of discomfort and fear. Winston is introduced as "thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer", which is alarming because there is nothing personal in his description; it seems that a varicose ulcer is the only thing that separates him from everyone else, which questions his individuality. The "victory mansions" are also mentioned, along with "victory gin" and "victory cigarettes", implying that the world has been taking over by this one brand, probably linked to the party. Big Brother's posters, on "every landing", are also one of the first things to be described.

    • Word count: 657
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    Look at the first four chapters of 1984. How has Orwell introduced the key concepts of memory, power, and control?

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    This conveys, already a sense to the reader that there is some deep political force at work here, one that has a lot of propaganda and therefore power and control. Almost directly after this we are introduced to a device called the telescreen, which only enhances our idea of the control and power of people's lives that big brother has on them. The fact that the telescreen can never be shutoff also adds to that as though whether you like it or not the political forces can always watch you.

    • Word count: 734
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    Explain the principles of Ingsoc and their maxims.

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    Both countries are gaining cities and them losing them. None of the Party's inhabited land was ever endangered. When this happens, both countries citizens are at peace, they are not threatened by war. The only reason war may be used would be as a destruction of procedure. The Party believed that the goods available, shouldn't be overprotected because it leads to them being equally distributed and they believed that with equal distribution of goods came socialism. The Party obviously were never at all interested in this idea so it saw hat throughout recorded history the has been distinct classes between the people.

    • Word count: 741
  5. Peer reviewed

    How does Orwells writing here make this extract so horrifying? This passage is from Part 3, Chapter 3 during Winstons interrogation at the hands of OBrien.

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    This implies that Winston has lost all his humanity at the hands of the Party as the "skull-faced man" had earlier in the novel. The fact that the Party had done this to Winston, brutalizing him into the "creature" in the mirror is what is truly horrible about his condition, clearly showing the dangers of totalitarian regimes. As Winston's body could be manipulated so severely by the Party that he now views his own appearance as being "frightening" illustrates that the Party has total physical control over its subjects.

    • Word count: 856
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    What makes this passage so powerful? This passage is from Part 3, Chapter 1 when Winston has just been captured by the Thought Police and has been imprisoned in the Ministry of Love as a political prisoner.

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    The adverb "timorously" implies that the chinless man fluttered his eyes in a nervous fashion. This shows that the man was in a great deal of anxiousness and uneasy as he was fearful of what his imprisonment would entail. Orwell also describes the skull-faced man's face as being "tormented". This adjective implies that the skull-faced man had undergone some kind of extreme torture to make this man feel so distressed. This emphasizes the power of the Party and the dangers of totalitarianism. Orwell says that the "chinless man" had been hit with a "frightful blow" from one of the guards.

    • Word count: 714
  7. Peer reviewed

    What linguistic devices does Orwell use to communicate rising tension and a sense of horror in this passage?

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    Orwell also uses emotive words, which add to the increasing tension and horror of the invasion. For example, in this passage there are a lot of references to loud, sudden noises, such as, 'snap', 'crash' or 'clang'. This adds to the tension because these words are almost onomatopoeic, causing the reader to become as startled as Winston when the words are read. Orwell also uses the word 'stampede', which suggests a loud, onrushing noise and panic. This leads the reader to panic too because of the uncertainty of what is to come.

    • Word count: 505
  8. Peer reviewed

    shocking literary techniques - George Orwell's 1984

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    Orwell has introduced 'thought crime' to the reader, "Thought crime does not entail death, thought crime is death". Whinston has done this by writing I his diary in the opening pages. These opening pages, display a picture in the readers mind of the society that whinston is stuck in. The opening chapter of Orwells novel, introduces the bleak and depressing setting to the reader. He displays the setting as very dark and frightening and he constantly raises the matter throughout the chapter. Orwell displays this decayed setting, like a dystopia.

    • Word count: 597
  9. Peer reviewed

    The citizens of Oceania live in a society where all of there actions are controlled. Telescreen is the technology they use to help achieve this control.

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    Citizens of Oceania lives are just about completely controlled; there are alarms that wake up the office workers when it's getting up time. Then there's the Physical Jerks were the citizens have to exercise and even have a look of grim enjoyment on this face which was expected. Their entire way of living is controlled, and they constantly have the idea that "Big Brother is watching you" instilled in their mind.

    • Word count: 449
  10. Peer reviewed

    How does Orwell use the language of hate effectively in the "Two Minutes hate" scene in part I chapter I of 1984

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    This effectively shows the reader how much the people of this world are indoctrinated through the language of hate. Orwell then goes on to describe Goldstein as "an object of hatred more constant than either Eurasia or Eastasia". This shows that in Oceania Goldstein is a great figure of hate even stronger than their enemies in war. This statement gives the 2 minutes hate more affect because the reader is wondering why so many people can carry such hatred for one man.

    • Word count: 583
  11. Peer reviewed

    How does Orwell (1984) create a believable setting?

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    In the book, Winston decided to meet Julia, for the first time in "Victory Square, near the monument". However, Julia later said that there are many telescreens there. In other words, that place is very important and therefore requires a lot of security. In our world, Victory Square is actually Trafalgar Square and that the statue of Nelson there is replaced by a statue of Big Brother. Also, the place where Winston worked, the Ministry of Truth was described as "an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete". This could possibly be the University of London Senate House.

    • Word count: 687
  12. Peer reviewed

    Evaluate the Impact and Purpose of the final section of Nineteen eighty-four.

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    This all makes you think how horrific this regime is and how treacherous they can be. It is putting you into Winston's shoes and everything that happens to him feels like it is happening to you at the same time and gives the maximum effect. The second stage of Winston's torture is with O'Brien himself and mostly is spent on the electrocuting rack. When this is happening there is always a man in a white lab coat standing in the corner as if he is doing tests on Winston and Winston is just another guinea pig whose life is meaningless.

    • Word count: 834
  13. Read the following extract and explain how Orwell uses OBriens words to explore the themes of the novel. This passage is from Part 3, Chapter 3 during Winstons interrogation in the Ministry of Love.

    This illustrates that the Party's ideologies are all based around inflicting pain to control its subjects. The quote also shows that the Party is always looking to find new ways of hurting the people of Oceania and that without pain, fear, treachery and torment the Party wouldn't be able to govern Oceania. O'Brien also declares that the civilization the Party has created since they have been in power is "founded upon hatred". This quote shows us that the Party has no concern for emotions except that of hatred-towards everyone and everything.

    • Word count: 773
  14. 1984 speech. I found 1984 to be a masterpiece- a powerful warning to the dangers of a totalitarian society.

    The novel portrays a time where individuality can no longer exist due to absolute control demanded by the state. The people are repressed without their own thoughts or privacy, and taught to act only for the collective will. They cannot have relationships or show feelings to anything or anyone, except for Big Brother- their dictator so I call him, who is worshipped by the society as he is credited with divine attributes of every invention and idea in developing the country.

    • Word count: 767
  15. 1984 Analysis. The novel is set in the year 1984. Winston Smith, an Outer Party member living in the ruins of London,

    Initially, he opens a diary to express his dislike of the Party. In due course, he gets to know Julia, a girl from the Fiction Department, and they fall in love. Later they rent a shophouse bedroom for sleeping together.

    • Word count: 459
  16. Short Story beginning, based on George Orwell's "1984"

    There it was. That monotone beeping, that I had heard for the last twenty years, which signified 0600 hours. I lay in bed, staring at the discoloured ceiling. There was nothing interesting. I just stared at the ceiling. It took a scream and a shout for me to come back to reality. It was already 0643 hours. Another person must have missed the morning pledge, to the state, broadcasted on every TV, to everyone. It began promptly at 0630 hours.

    • Word count: 736
  17. 1984 - Key Incident Essay

    Winston, unable to take the torture any longer, screams out "Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don't care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!" and the cage is not opened. Winston has betrayed Julia. This is the climax of the novel and allows us to conclude that Winston is finally a broken man, unable to love and have loyalty to anyone other than Big Brother. It is ironic because Winston and Julia believed that the one thing the Party could not do was interfere with the mind, "Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull."

    • Word count: 911
  18. Look at the description of the physical jerks. How does Orwell present and describe this experience?

    This reveals more about the military nature of the party and the way that they can control almost every aspect of people's lives by filling them with activities. Furthermore, the Jerks themselves are also very strict. The name of "Physical Jerks" immediately suggests the theme of discomfort, present throughout the book, which is further supported by the way Winston "forced his shoulders painfully backward".

    • Word count: 409
  19. Nineteen Eighty-Four

    From this fragment we can conclude that he seems to have health problems, we also learn about his age. Later on we also receive the knowledge that he has a constant cough, he has a thin body and is frail. The obvious differences between Winston and Julia are that Julia is young, energetic, healthy, beautiful and confident. After the couple meets a few times, Julia seems to exert youthfulness into Winston. "The smell of her hair, the taste her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him.

    • Word count: 832
  20. George Orwell '1984' and Charles Dickens 'hard times' a comparision between the two

    Despite all these issues that divide the novels apart they seem to come across as very similar. Within closer inspection of the novels they seem to both control and authorise their societies. Orwell has used an empowering character as his leader; he has created a party lead by "BIG BROTHER". Where as in Dickens' approach to create a leader he has used a less excessive and extreme character called "Mr Gradgrind", the head teacher who only implicates facts. Although he may not be as demanding as Orwell's approach, he uses satire to dissolve the pupil's mentality.

    • Word count: 807
  21. Comparison Coursework between an extract from The Colour

    For another art of our drama coursework we also studied an extract from George Orwell's Novel 1984. The content of this extract was quite emotional and frustrating. The extract featured a man being questioned and tortured, the men were trying to brainwash the man in question; the man did not surrender to the torture in the beginning of the extract but as it moved on it became clear that the man in question was under excruciating pain. We do not know much about the man from the extract, but the men questioning him always refer to him as Winston.

    • Word count: 661
  22. 1984 by George Orwell is a story of a man's struggle against a totalitarian government that controls the ideas and thoughts of its citizens. They use advanced mind reading techniques to discover the thoughts

    Perhaps Orwell's purpose for writing 1984 was to express his feelings of how the governments would come to control everything and anything it wished to do. It is also possible that he wanted t tell of how mind control and torture techniques could be used to make an individual or an entire nation do what the government wanted. In his novel Orwell used the image of a man who stood in a shadow that covered his face. This was to make him anonymous and unrecognizable.

    • Word count: 613
  23. '1984' by George Orwell. Analysis of pages 72 until page 77.

    Then the shopkeeper takes Winston upstairs, to another room. There the room awakens in Winston a sort of nostalgia, a kind of ancestral memory. This is due to the fact that the room is arranged in a very cozy way: there was a strip of carpet on the floor, a picture or two on the walls, and a deep, slatternly armchair drawn up to the fireplace. An old-fashioned glass clock with a twelve-hour face was ticking away on the mantelpiece.

    • Word count: 934
  24. Dispatches-Are We Walking Into A Police State?

    Does this not seem outrageous. A recent television programme, dispatches on channel 4 delved deep into the world of the growing paranoia of the government and the installation of thousands of CCTV cameras across Britain. Whatever your feelings about privacy, no one cannot afford to be camera shy in modern-day Britain. Per capital there are more surveillance cameras in the UK than any other country in the world - more than a million according to one recent estimate. The average city dweller can expect to be captured on film every five minutes.

    • Word count: 684
  25. Was in my final year at high-school. I was only seventeen and the pressure of knowing that the outcome of school results would determine my whole life ahead finally got to me. I snapped

    They introduced me to drugs. Dosed with pills of heroin and cocaine, my life was tumbling downhill like a snowball, only gathering wrong as it rolled. It was those times where I was not even aware of what I was doing until I slept and then craved for more of the vile drugs I had already once ingested. I was a rogue who lived by my wits in a corrupt society. I had no contact with my real family and over time, these people became my new family.

    • Word count: 736

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?

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