Tuesday, April 17, 2012


1. Winston is writing in his diary that he purchased from the secondhand store, even though both actions are very prohibited in Oceania. He is writing about his hate for the Party, his hate for certain people, and his thoughts that the Party would most definitely punish him for thinking. At that moment, he looks down and realizes that he has repeatedly been writing "DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER" in his diary.

Significance- The Party believes they are in control of everyone and everything but Winston, along with many others disobeys them almost everyday. This event shows that no matter what year, or what type of government, or control we are under, no one can completely control the thought of a human being.

2. When the story begins Winston is limping up the stairs due to his hurt ankle. The story states that the elevator in his "run-down" apartment is almost always broken. Yet, when the author speaks of the "telescreens" that are in every home, and always on, monitoring the citizens of Oceania, it is described as very high tech and sounds very expensive.

Significance- The Party is supposed to be believed by all people that they rule for the good of the people and to keep Oceania safe, and in order. Yet, this event shows their priorities and how they place theirselves and their luxuries before the citizens of Oceania.

3. Winston goes to lunch on a break from work with a friend named Syme. They have a conversation about Syme's intellegence and are interupted by a message from the Party. The message states that there is an increase in production, and everyone is joyful about the announcement. Winston knows that the "increase" is actually a decrease from the chocalate ration, compared to the day before.

Significance- The Party has so much control over the peoples minds that even when everyone knows yesterdays food supply was more than todays they still believe the Party when they tell them it is more. The Party is in total control of almost everyones brain.

4. The Party outlaws sex and works into peoples mind that the act of sex is a form of major rebellion. People in Oceania think of sex as if it is only a way to reproduce new members for the party. Winston remembers of the past and his sex with a pole prostitue, he longs to have another sexual encounter the way he did in his memories.

Significance- The Party does not want people to fall in love, or have emotions towards each other. This shows that they are trying to prevent minds thinking together. Winston realizes that sex is a form of love, and the Party makes that a form of rebellion because they do not want anyone to team up and question their authority, or catch on to their schemes.

5. Winston and Julia become close secret lovers, and meet many times over the weeks. Julia tells him she loves him, and they have sexual intercourse. At this point Winston shares his hatred for the Party, and tells her about his hope for world rebellion. Julia shows him that she is content with her rebellion against the Party, and accepts her life and lives it to the best of its abilities.

Significance- I believe that this event makes Winston want to have widespread rebellion even more than he did before meeting Julia. He is not okay with the fact that their may be many people that are content with their rebellion, and secretcy of their rebellion and wants them all to unite and overpower the Party.

6. Winston rents out the room above the secondhand store so him and Julia can meet secretly and regularly. While there Julia states that one day she will clean the picture of the church that Mr. Charrington showed to Winston before.

Significance- If Julia had cleaned off the picture like she said she planned on doing, the couple would have found the hidden telescreen behind the photograph. If the couple would have found it, they may have had time to come up with a plan to escape their awaiting torture, or to escape Oceania all together.

7. Julia and Winston go to O'Briens house together and meet with him. When they arrive O'Brien turns off his telescreen and Winston informs him about all his, and Julias hatred towards the Party. O'Brien agrees with him, and tells him about the Brotherhood really exsisting and his dreams of also overthrowing the Party. Winston feels safe, and feels that O'Brien is on the same page as himself.

Significance- O'Brien really is a loyal member to the Party, and only invited Winston over to get him caught with the Thought Police. He is the main reason why Winston is caught, and tortured, along with Julia.

8. When Julia and Winston are caught towards the end of the story and the troops pour into their apartment above Mr. Charringtons store, they beat them both and break the paperweight. Mr. Charrington arrives, as Winston realizes that the voice through the telescreen behind the picture was actually Mr. Charringtons. He orders someone to pick up the broken peices of the paperweight.

Significance- The paperweight was one of Winstons hopeful looks towards the future. When he looked at the paperweight he imagined a life outside of Oceania, where he could happily live with Julia, free of the parties control. This is significant because the first thing the troops do is break this object, resembling getting rid of Winstons hope for his fantasy future.

9. When Winston awakes after being caught he wakes up in a prison cell where the lights never turn off. O'Brien arrives into the cell, and Winston thinks that they have caught him in Party rebellion too. Come to find out, O'Brien is a member of the Ministry of Love. He tortures Winston into becoming a faithful member of the Part once again.

Significance- This event is significant because all through out the story Winston dreams of meeting O'Brien in the "place with no darkness." He does meet O'Brien here but in actuality it is a prison cell where the lights do not turn off.

10. When Winston is released from the Ministry of Love he goes to the Chesnut Tree Cafe where members of the party that were dismissed go to drink. He still dreams of the times that he was happy, with his sister, his mother, and Julia. He sees her after he is released and they both agree to meet again somewhere, someday. Although neither of them is really interested in continuing their relationship.

Significance- Winston and Julia both accepted their fate prior to being caught, and agreed to not let the torture come in between their strong love for each other. After being released from their prisons, they see each other and have no interest in continuing their "love". This is significant because they both betrayed each other, and are well aware of the others betrayal.

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