After reading Chapter 6 of 1984 by George Orwell, what question could you ask someone that covers the whole chapter?After reading Chapter 6 of 1984 by George Orwell, what question could you ask...

After reading Chapter 6 of 1984 by George Orwell, what question could you ask someone that covers the whole chapter?

After reading Chapter 6 of 1984 by George Orwell, what question could you ask someone that covers the whole chapter?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that I would ask a question about Winston and his attitudes towards women in this chapter.

I might ask why Winston feels so much hatred and revulsion towards women and why the Party would want him to feel that way.  In asking this question, you could start to think about what the Party wants -- about how it is trying to dehumanize people and take away the emotions that normal people would feel.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that a question that would be applicable to the chapter would be to trace Winston's sense of distrust.  The chapter features a strong level of analysis as to how Winston sees the party as one that cannot be trusted in both public and private.  The threshold of revelation that talking in one's sleep would help to prove this.  Winston develops an intense mistrust of authority and keeping his diary is reflective of this.  The recollections of his wife as well as the mysterious condition of her disappearance also add to this mistrust of the government.  Through both external action and personal reflection, Winston reveals himself as a being that cannot transcend the lack of trust or faith within the governmental system which governs Oceania and I think that an appropriate question would be to examine this level of mistrust of the authority, of Big Brother.  It is a theme that is evident throughout the novel, but one that can be specifically explored in the chapter.

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