1984 Passage Analysis

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1. “Big Brother is watching you, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston’s own ... In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a blue-bottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was a police patrol, snooping into people’s windows. The patrols do not matter, however. Only the thought police matter… Of course there was no way of knowing whether you’re being watched at any given moment.” (pg. 2-3)
a. This passage introduces the reader to and explains how Big Brother works in this world. Big Brother constantly watches, listens to, and monitors the people in this world. They have no sense of freedom, and no way to truly express what they think and what they believe
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This passage summarizes how Winston lives in a world completely being watched 24/7 where he has no freedom to do nearly anything, and everything that he wants to do is considered a crime. One of the most serious crimes in this world is thoughtcrime, and this passage talks about the dangers of him getting the diary and writing down everything that he has stored up in his mind, and how this act is committing a serious crime. This passage really helped me understand the basis of this society, and how hard it would be to live this way. I always need someone to or something with to vent about anything going on in my life that I just can’t keep inside. It is so hard to live with something inside of you that only you know, and it always is such a relief when you can get it off of your shoulders and be able to talk to others about what is going on. So, Winston not being able to do this freely, and being considered committing a major crime, is a hard concept to understand, because I have never had to deal with that kind of constriction. This passage made me feel bad for Winston and for the constant build-up of emotions inside of him, because of him not being able to vent to someone about what is going on.…show more content…
This passage summarizes Winston giving into O’Brien and ultimately conforming to the Party. In this passage, Winston finally gives in and puts the blame on Julia, therefore betraying her. O’Brien wanted nothing more than Winston to give up, and that is what Winston ultimately did by selling out Julia and trying to make himself free at the cost of her and at the cost of their relationship. This shows Winston opening up to and accepting both the Party and Big Brother. Reading this passage, it really made my heart sink knowing that after all of this time and after trying to get away from the society, he admitted and gave into exactly what both O’Brien and the Party wanted. I felt so sorry for Winston in this passage knowing that everything that he wanted would soon be gone once he gave into the Party and sold Julia out to O’Brien. My heart dropped after all of this time throughout the novel all Winston wanted to do was love Julia and be able to be himself and think his own thoughts without being watched. So, seeing him sell Julia out and giving in made me feel like he gave all of that away by giving into what O’Brien was trying to sell him.
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