Quotes:

“Big brother is watching you” p.g 3/4  

“How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.” p.g 5

Introducing to the reader to the Thought Police while showing the unknown of the Thought Police

 

“The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts. The Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of Love, which maintained law and order. And the Ministry of Plenty, which was responsible for economic affairs. Their names, in Newspeak: Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, and Miniplenty.” ( chapter 1, p.g 8)

Introducing the concept of doublethink, were Party gives ironic names to its branches as a way to euphemism what they actually are.

 

“Actually he was not used to writing by hand. Apart from very short notes, it was usual to dictate everything into the speakwrite which was of course impossible for his present purpose.”  (p.g. 14)

Showing us that his memory of the past has been altered by the party’s control on the past records.

 

“‘Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you . . . I hate purity. I hate goodness. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.’”

(chapter II)

 

“She did not understand that there was no such thing as happiness, that the only victory lay in the far future, long after you were dead, that from the moment of declaring war on the Party it was better to think of yourself as a corpse.”

(chapter III)

Showing us the helplessness of their situation and how the party has removed any thought of rebellion by changing the way people think.

 

“The paperweight was the room he was in, and the coral was Julia’s life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal.”

(chapter IV)

 

“For the first time in his life he did not despise the proles or think of them merely as an inert force which would one day spring to life and regenerate the world. The proles had stayed human.”

(chapter VII)

Showing him that there is still hope, as he see that the proles were still able to be human it gives him new hope.

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  1. These quotes are good in that they mark some of the more significant moments in the initial stages of the novel.

    What I’d like you to do is select one or two of these and approach them from the point of view of analysis of the language contained within. Look closely at this example and try to replicate how it makes a connection between the use of (in this case) a metaphor and the wider message of the quote itself.

    Give me a yell if you’re struggling to identify relevant language effects.

    CW

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