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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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".

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  4. 1984 summary 2

    She has no thought of changing society & finds it easy to conform outwardly. - But she greatly enjoys pleasure, particularly s****l fulfilment & she has learned how to elude the Party's restrictions in order to achieve it. - Winston is delighted to learn that she has had many lovers because it shows that the system is more corrupt than he had realised. Then they make love. - To Winston this lovemaking is a political act because it asserts that physical desire is more important than obedience to the Party. Chapter 3 - - Winston & Julia pursue their secret relationship, meeting as if by chance in a series of different locations & very occasionally making love in safe hiding places.

    • Word count: 1138
  5. 1984 summary 1

    - Cannot even be sure of the date- supposedly 4 April 1984 - since so much information given by the state is false. - Winston's living room has slightly unusual design which enables him to move out of sight of the screen. - Placing himself in an alcove, he takes out a beautiful old book which he has bought in the store in a junk s hop and starts to write diary of his thoughts, an act which he knows is likely to lead to his execution - Thinking for oneself is forbidden ----> "thoughtcrime" - Writes firstly about an incident at a cinema the previous night when a lower-class woman ("prole")

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  6. 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.

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  7. Party control of Oceania - 1984 Part One

    The only surviving records of these events would be in people's memories, and the Party-controlled notion of doublethink (forcing yourself to forget something that you know has happened, and then forgetting the process itself, so that you cannot remember changing what you remembered) prevents most peoples memories from being damaging to the Party. There are many other, more subtle ways in which the Party controls the lives of the people in Oceania. These include control of relationships and manipulation of emotions, suppression of individuality and perhaps most importantly the use of force, both seen and unseen.

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  8. Compare the Relationship and Characters of Winston and O'Brien

    Control is maintained by using "telescreens" that allow the "Thought Police" to watch any person at any time. Those who are caught committing "Thought Crimes" are regularly vaporised. 1984 is the way that George Orwell saw the world developing. Many believe that it is in fact a parody of the Communist Totalitarian regime of Russia and Orwell's personal experiences of this. For example, the character of Big Brother described bears a resemblance to Joseph Stalin. "it depicted an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about 45, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features" (Page 3) Stalin was a leader who used his own image to create an iconic status.

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  9. An Analysis of the Origins and Politics in Ninteen Eighty-four

    but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable and which have already been partly realised in Communism and Fascism [...] I believe that totalitarian ideas have taken root in the minds of intellectuals everywhere, and I have tried to draw these ideas out to their logical consequences."2 It is an important fact that none of the ideas that Orwell explores in his work are new to him, nor to anyone else. They are all thoughts and concepts that he has examined in detail and possibly in a context that is more "realistic" through letters, journalism, and essays of the past.

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  10. Comparison of Offred and Winston in 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale

    Both characters are well delineated and serve the purposes that their authors intended; not simply to be successful protagonists, rescuing their societies from the abyss of evolving hatred but rather more as simple microcosms of ordinary citizens, suddenly plunged into a new realm of extremist politics, that have stemmed from 20th century government roots. As 1984 details Winston Smith in the third person compared to Offred's first person narrative, it makes it easier to gain a broader perspective of Oceana's environment yet - not necessarily works - to form a greater intimacy and empathy with Offred.

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  11. 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.

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  12. Comparing Texts: 'Nineteen Eighty Four' & 'The Handmaid's Tale' How do Orwell and Atwood portray the tensions that exist between the individual and the demands of a totalitarian state?

    Orwell really brings out the rawness of Winston's heroic experiences. He can still be regarded as heroic as he is in a way fighting to live in this society. But there seems to be no uniqueness to him in this quote. In fact, the first impression that it gives to the reader is not one which you would expect from the description of a heroic character, there's no literal acceptance to the fact that Winston is the hero. When considering Offred, although she does not have many physical flaws, there are still noticeable defects, such as her constant fear, and her reliance on others for a successful rebellion; '...hope is rising in me, like a sap in a tree.

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  13. Compare and contrast how Orwell and Huxley present Sexuality in '1984' and 'Brave New World'.

    Even something as confidential and intimate as s*x has become a tainted and polluted thing; we are allowed an insight of this through the limited and sometimes hazy memories of Winston about his estranged wife, Katherine. s*x between the two is uncomfortable and awkward, 'To embrace her was like embracing a jointed wooden image...She would lie with her eyes shut, neither resisting nor co-operating, but submitting.' This is a symbolic reminder of what s*x has been moulded to represent in Oceania, and the s****l relationship or lack of, is something that exasperates Winston greatly.

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  14. Oppression as Exemplified in Brave New World and 1984

    They loved the Party and more importantly they loved Big Brother. In Brave New World this triumph over the individual and destruction of the sprit of man does not happen in the same way. The citizens in Brave New World have almost no need to be reborn to love the Party, or the State in their case. This is so because they truly had no human spirit in the beginning, for without true love and nurturing from parents and real interaction with others at young ages, and without even a real birth, those in Brave New World do not need to be changed by the state because all that they have learned is that which the state as imbued them with.

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  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. In what ways are 'The Handmaids Tale' and 'Nineteen Eighty-four' Warnings to the societies in which they were written?

    This again is a warning to the readers of what their society could turn into. Whilst researching contextual information I came across a view of 'Jill Swale', which brought to my attention the significance of Offred's name. "She has become a mans possession, belonging to Fred", which shows the extent in which people of Gilead are dictated and controlled. Another subject I found quite daunting is how easily history is manipulated in both novels. First of all I found the manipulation of Janine's r**e in 'The Handmaids Tale' quite shocking.

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  18. '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.

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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  21. 1984 and Today's Society

    Parsons (Winston's comrade and neighbor) was turned in by his own children. He had committed a "thought crime". This shows what little respect the children in the book had for their parents, and the baffling effect was the parents getting use to and accepting it. Parsons had told Winston that he's actually kind of proud of his child. "Big Brother" discouraged emotions and anything with meaning in families. Children are raised today with households based on financial support, affairs, and anything but real love. Children are taught that divorce is okay, and the value of marriages has greatly decreased.

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  22. Winston smith an unusual hero in a very unusual world

    Which are constantly at war with each other or it would seem they are. Our hero works in the ministry of truth which falsifies news and media stories to cover up anti big brother propaganda and make their leader seem a hero. He hardly seems fit to be a hero with a varicose ulcer and asthma - he is also very weak and frail. However in this world most people are like this even the women -all are forced to dress in the dull and boring overalls of the Party.

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  23. Analysis of Room 101

    'You understand the construction of this cage. The mask will fit over your head, leaving no exit. When I press this other lever, the door of the cage will slide up. These starving brutes will shoot out of it like bullets. Have you ever seen a rat leap through the air? They will leap on to your face and bore straight into it. Sometimes they attack the eyes first. Sometimes they burrow through the cheeks and devour the tongue.' Here Orwell is creating suspense and fear with the short sentences almost making you hold your breathe between sentences, worrying what comes next.

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  24. The Assault by Harry Mulisch, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, and 1984 by George Orwell - discuss how the protagonists are controlled by outside influences that force them to confront their pasts and memories.

    Anton does create a bond in his younger years with one character, Truus, who he knows nothing about. However, she left such an impression on him that he is drawn to his first wife for the simple fact that he pictures Truus looking like Saskia. Nothing much is said about Saskia besides the fact that she is "the embodiment of an image he must have been carrying about in his head, without knowing it, since he was Wilmer, 2 twelve," (130). However, this likeness to Truus is not something that can hold the couple together and their marriage soon ends.

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  25. Compare the Presentation of Rebellion in 'Ninety Eighty Four' and 'Brave New World'.

    This allows us to compare their differences, portraying how well they fit into their society. In 'Nineteen Eighty Four' the novel begins with a description of Winston's surroundings. 'The smell of boiled cabbage and old rag mats......' '......a swirl of gritty dust....' Immediately we are given a negative view of this setting which will stay in the reader's minds throughout the whole novel. We follow Winston into his flat except we are not given a description of how it's set out. Instead the main focus is of a large telescreen; dominate in the opening and in Winston's room reflecting Big Brother's domination of Winston's life.

    • Word count: 2291

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