Help me with 1984 assigment
- Compare and contrast Julia and Winston. How does each rebel against the Party, and are these rebellions at all effective?
- Trace Winston’s path towards destruction. Where do we first see his fatalistic outlook? Is his defeat inevitable?
- Discuss the role of technology in Oceania. In what areas is technology highly advanced, and in what areas has its progress stalled? Why?
- Discuss the role of Big Brother in Oceania and in Winston’s life. What role does Big Brother play in each?
- 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?
1. Winston and Julia do not have a relationship in the traditional sense. Physically Winston is much older than Julia (around 39). He does not feel attractive. His joints are sore, he has varicose veins and he can barely do the imposed exercises that flash on the telescreens. Julia is young (around 22). She is passionate and attractive. Julia likes Winston because he is against the party. Although they share plenty of “love” time together. She likes the rebellion behind the affair. She enjoys breaking the rules with somebody with a similar ideology. Winston, to put it bluntly, enjoys having sex with someone so young and attractive as Julia. She awakens a person, that long seemed dead, inside of him. Julia is much more educated on the strategies and purposes behind the propaganda than Winston is. Julia has more in-depth opinions and reasoning on the Party itself, whereas Winston is frustrated and wanting to do something, but not really understanding fully the implications of the Party itself. Julia is an expert at covert, undercover rebellion. Winston is happy with this for a while but he wants more. Winston has grand desires to join up with the supposed shadow rebellion that will overthrow the Party. He has grander ambitions that go beyond simple covert rebellion as a form of survival
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.
4. Big Brother is a very significant character as far as the plot of the novel is concerned. Even though he does not appear in the novel in person, he leaves an impact on the readers as well as the characters. Through the descriptions we can make out that Big Brother is the leader of Oceania. The most important thing he is is the provider of all good things to the citizens of Oceania. In a world where war is a fact of every day life, the citizens need protection. Big Brothers is the opposite of Goldstein. Ironically, he is also the symbol of the surveillance and total control of their lives throught the workings of the Thought Police and the Inner Party which we know are real.
5.Each of the ministries does just the opposite of what it says. The Ministry of Love tortures political prisoners. The Ministry of Peace wages war. The Ministry of Plenty controls and rations the food supply to keep people near starvation. The Ministry of Truth (where Winston works) spreads lies (propaganda), and it censors all print media, revises history, and truncates the language with each edition of the Newspeak dictionary.