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What is the "speak write" and "face crime" in 1984?

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bossmind | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM via web

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What is the "speak write" and "face crime" in 1984?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The speakwrite is a technological device in which the user of the product speaks into a microphone, and the device comprehends the language and records it. It is like most voice-activated software today, but is essentially a recording device that Winston uses at his job.

When a character commits a face crime, their face indicates emotion that can be read by the Thought Police. An example of a face crime would be showing affection for another Party member that is inappropriate, like flirty eyes. Another face crime could be showing disdain or anger at Big Brother when he comes on the big telescreens to speak to the people.

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