RE: Help me with 1984 assigment

  1. Compare and contrast Julia and Winston. How does each rebel against the Party, and are these rebellions at all effective?
  2. Trace Winston’s path towards destruction. Where do we first see his fatalistic outlook? Is his defeat inevitable?
  3. Discuss the role of technology in Oceania. In what areas is technology highly advanced, and in what areas has its progress stalled? Why?
  4. Discuss the role of Big Brother in Oceania and in Winston’s life. What role does Big Brother play in each?
  5. Discuss contradiction in Oceania and the Party’s governance, i.e. Ministry of Love, Ministry of Truth, Ministry of Plenty, Ministry of Peace. Why is such contradiction accepted so widely?
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2. Winston, the protagonist is responsible for his own destruction. This can be seen throughout the novel. The first instance was when he starts writing a diary; he mentions all the stuff which he remembers of the world, his feelings, emotions and thoughts. Hence committing a ‘thought crime’. It was a rule that no one can write a diary because this would lead to a thinking process which big brother didn’t want. The second instance is when he gets into an illegitimate relationship with Julia. Hence he despises the party as they think that this would decrease the loyalty towards the party. He was totally aware of the rules and regulations laid down by the party as he was a member himself but still dares to go against or rebels against the party because of his hatred towards the party or we can say big brother. He also rents a room owned by Mr. Charrington; owner of the antique shop for making love with Julia. Hence these instances create a picture in the minds of the readers that something destructive might happen in future and he might have to face immense torture.
Another instance is when he desires to join the opposition party called ‘Brotherhood’ despite the fact that he belongs to the inner party of Big Brother’. He dares to go against the party because of his hatred, frustration and manipulation towards the party. He was so anti big brother that he is ready to face the consequences later on. Therefore the above instances foreshadow the readers of the inevitable destruction, torture, fate and misfortune which led to Winston’s life being destructed.

Answered on 22.06.2017.
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