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Final Reflection – 1984

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Hopefully, you have finish the novel, 1984. Our time with the Winston ends with these lines: “Two gin-scented tears tricked down the sides of his nose. But is was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He has won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother” (297). 

Explain your reaction to the end of 1984

Read the Afterword (p.312) 

Here is a link if you do not have the text: https://sites.google.com/a/susanpiercelavc.com/susan-pierce-english-103/home/of-interest/archive/fall-2010-weekly-assignments/fromm-afterwword

The Afterword was written in 1961. Please read and respond to one of these points:

  • What mood is 1984 an expression of?
  • How can human nature be changed?
  • This book is a “powerful warning.” What is it a warning for and how can we take heed?

Essential Question Reflection

Consider the essential question: How do we willingly accept the ideology around us? How effective is O’Brian is persuading Winston to accept the ideology of the Party? What specific techniques does he use? Do you think that Winston will eventually wholly accept the Party’s ideology? Why or why not?