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In George Orwell's 1984, Winston notes that Mrs. Parsons often breaks off mid-sentence....

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lulubear327 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted December 6, 2011 at 11:35 PM via web

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In George Orwell's 1984, Winston notes that Mrs. Parsons often breaks off mid-sentence. Why do you think this observation may be important?

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wshoe | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 7, 2011 at 2:21 AM (Answer #1)

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In George Orwell's novel 1984, Winston does observe that Mrs. Parsons often breaks off mid-sentence and fails to complete her thought.  This observation is important for a couple of reasons.  Citizens of Oceania are not free to act, say, or even think freely.  Mrs. Parsons is nervous about what she might say and she worries that she will be caught by the Thought Police saying something that is not allowed.  Her hesitation illustrates the invasion of the government on the people's lives at such an intimate level.  It also shows how afraid people are of the government.  Mrs. Parsons is not just scared of government officials.  She is actually afraid of her own children.  Children commonly turned in parents for violating rules, and Mrs. Parsons is scared of her children.  This foreshadows an event that occurs later in the novel.  The Parsons daughter overhears her father talking in his sleep and she does turn him in.

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