Wednesday, March 31, 2010


1984 take-home literary analysis final essay

In George Orwell’s political allegory 1984 the Party of Oceania develops a government which is able to exert complete and total control over all of its citizens through their ability to dictate to the citizens what is and is not true. Truth is defined as
1. the true or actual state of a matter
2. conformity with fact or reality
3. actuality or actual existence

In the climactic scene where O’Brien is torturing, interrogating, and “reforming” Winston, O’Brien says “Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes; only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party (205).”

In a well-developed five-paragraph literary analysis essay, explain the ways in which the Party is able to define “truth” and “reality” for all of Oceania and analyze why these measures are so effective in leading to 100% control and domination of the human mind and free will.


Ben said...

I think "1984" should be turned into a CBS sitcom. It'd be just as funny as "Two and a Half Men."

Joe said...

Enter O'Brien (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

Ben said...

That is genius casting.

What middle-aged, pale, thin actor would work for Winston? Adrian Brody? Edward Norton? Viggo Mortenson?

Joe said...

You know, of those three I think I'd pick Adrian Brody.

But for some reason, (and I don't even like this actor very much), I think that Jude Law would make the PERFECT Winston.

NoJGenny said...

Do I have to do this or is it just for extra credit?

Ben said...

The fate of the world depends upon the quality of your essay. 12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins in MLA format.