Questions and Answers for 1984

1984

In 1984, what do these 3 slogans mean: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength?  

In Orwell's classic novel 1984, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength are the Party's three paradoxical slogans, which are perfect examples of how the ruling government uses...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2020 10:59 am UTC

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In 1984, what are the four ministries and their purposes?

The four ministries in George Orwell's 1984 are the Ministries of Truth, Love, Peace, and Plenty. They are all named for positive values that are meant to be beneficial to society, but, in reality,...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 12:17 pm UTC

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What does Winston mean by, "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else...

In the Ministry of Truth, where Winston Smith works, his job is to manipulate information constantly so that everything that is disseminated unfailingly supports the Party’s view of events—a view...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 3:47 am UTC

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Two Minutes Hate 1984

The Two Minutes Hate is a break in the day in which Party members briefly stop their work routines and gather in front of a screen in order to participate in an intense expression of hatred against...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020 1:03 pm UTC

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1984 Mla Citation

When citing sources it is important to cite them in two different ways; an in-text citation within the body of your paper and on the works cited page at the end of your paper. When citing a novel...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015 2:45 am UTC

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1984

In George Orwell's 1984, what are the four government ministries that control the world of Big Brother?

In George Orwell’s 1949 novel of a dystopian society ruled by “Big Brother,” 1984, the four government ministries to which the story refers are the Ministries of Truth, Love, Peace, and Plenty. As...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2014 7:18 pm UTC

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1984

In which chapter of 1984 does the quote about controlling the past appear?

It is in Part One, Chapter Three of 1984 that you can find the following quote about controlling the past: "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016 5:14 pm UTC

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1984

What is the significance of the “Golden Country,” and why is it important to Winston?

Winston occasionally dreams about the Golden Country, and once, when he is with Julia in the countryside, comes upon a real landscape that almost (but not quite) lives up to his dream. Later, in...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 6:02 am UTC

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1984

In what ways are Winston and Julia alike?  In what ways are they different? 

Similarities • Both Winston and Julia are rebellious towards the Party and go against the laws that govern thought and action • They both desire each other and engage in a covert affair...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2015 7:34 am UTC

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1984

What are the Spies in 1984? Are they just children that keep an eye out on their parents to see if they have done...

The Junior Spies is a government organization concentrated on indoctrinating children into the Party's socialist ideology. The primary objective of the organization is to create a loyal, orthodox...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020 1:03 pm UTC

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1984

In chapter 7 of 1984, who are Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford and what is their fate?

Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford were among the last of the original leaders of the Revolution in which Big Brother's rule was established. After Big Brother had achieved his position of ultimate...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2009 12:37 am UTC

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On the last page of 1984, it says, "But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had...

Everything isn't alright for Winston at the end of 1984; far from it. Broken and brainwashed, he has effectively been tortured into loving Big Brother. And because he's been brainwashed, he no...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 10:58 am UTC

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Who is Katharine in 1984?

There is a great character description and analysis for each character in the novel on eNotes, so I will post Katharine's here for your convenience. Katharine is "Winston’s wife. She was a tall,...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2014 9:34 pm UTC

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1984

In 1984, what is a significant quote made by Parsons and a significant quote made by Syme?

"Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness" (Orwell 68). While Syme is explaining to Winston the significance of Newspeak, he comments on how language will...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2017 9:30 am UTC

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1984

What is the "Junior Anti-Sex League"?

The Anti-Junior Sex League is a Party organization working for replacing sex with artificial insemination. Julia is a part of the group, but only as a cover—she is pro-actively interested in sex...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2018 2:12 pm UTC

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On what page in 1984 can I find the quote about the chocolate rations being "raised" even though they were being...

A page number can change based on the edition you are using, but the quote appears in part I, chapter 4 of the text. In my Signet edition, it is on page 36 and reads as follows: As short a time...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2017 4:31 am UTC

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1984

In 1984, why does Winston have a diary?

In Chapter One of 1984, Winston writes in his newly-purchased diary for the first time. This diary is used by Winston as a tool for self-expression because, under Party rule, Winston is not allowed...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2017 10:16 am UTC

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1984

In chapter 10 how are Winston and Julia captured?

Winston and Julia have just awakened from another evening spent in the "secret" room above Charrington's shop. Winston is thinking about the implications of Goldstein's book, which he has almost...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2017 4:34 am UTC

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1984

In 1984, what does the Chestnut Tree symbolize? Why did Orwell choose that specific tree as a name for the cafe?  

The chestnut tree is often understood as a symbol of justice and honesty. We also hear the phrase "an old chestnut" to describe a story that has been repeated many times. More specifically, Orwell...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 1:18 pm UTC

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Ministry Of Truth 1984

As with the names of the other ministries in Oceania, the name Ministry of Truth means the opposite of what it says. If the Ministry of Love is the place of torture and hate, the Ministry of Truth...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2016 9:24 pm UTC

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1984

What does the quote “if you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever,” in...

This particular quote serves as an illustration, provided by O'Brien, to better clarify the core motivation which ultimately lies behind this entire dystopian world as envisioned by Orwell. Indeed,...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 6:46 am UTC

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1984

 What does the following quote from 1984 mean? " Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after...

This is a much-quoted statement, viewed as a commentary upon the commitment of people to the status quo, even when that status quo is effectively abusive. Winston feels that the only solution to...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 9:17 am UTC

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1984

In 1984, what is the significance of Comrade Ogilvy?

In Part One, Chapter Four, while at work, Winston is tasked with writing a man called Comrade Withers out of history. (Withers has been vaporised and is now considered to be an enemy of the Party)....

Latest answer posted February 7, 2017 9:42 am UTC

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1984

Who are the Parsons and what do they represent in the novel 1984 by George Orwell?

The Parsons represent what is supposed to be the middle class since they are in an apartment. In his depiction of them, George Orwell demonstrates how the basic unit of society, the family, has had...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2015 4:23 am UTC

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1984

In George Orwell's novel 1984 what are some examples of metaphors, similes, and irony?

For an example of a simile, take a look at the first chapter of the book in which Winston is describing the appearance of the telescreen: The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2017 6:20 pm UTC

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1984

Where is there a physical despcription of Winston in "1984" by George Orwell?

To find a physical description of Winston Smith, take a look at Part One, Chapter One. In the third paragraph, Orwell informs us that Winston is "smallish" and has a "frail figure." He has "fair...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2017 8:40 am UTC

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1984

What is Orwell's message in 1984?

It’s highly probable George Orwell wrote 1984 with more than one message in mind. Other Educators have discussed messages connected to oppressive regimes and totalitarianism. Another central...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 4:25 pm UTC

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Does Winston die at the end of 1984, or is the image of the bullet in his brain at the Ministry of Love a dream?

As one of the previous answers pointed out, Winston has been changed from the rebellious individual into a completely obedient and subservient member of the party. This change in some ways mimics...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 2:50 am UTC

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1984

What is the Party's attitude toward love and marriage in 1984?

Love and marriage are extremely important to the Party, in a negative sense. In other words, they see love and the sort of marriage based on love as inherently subversive forces and attempt to...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 10:33 am UTC

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1984

If There Is Hope It Lies In The Proles

As mentioned in the previous post, Winston believes that the only hope to destroy the Party was to awaken and unite the overwhelming mass of proles to revolt against Big Brother. Unlike the Inner...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 10:50 pm UTC

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1984

In 1984, why does Winston feel that he murdered his mother?

Winston has only hazy, dreamlike memories of his mother and sister. In reality, there's no evidence he murdered her: she and his sister disappeared one day after he snatched a small piece of...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

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1984

In 1984, why does Winston say "we are the dead"?

This is a very important statement in the novel. When Winston states that "we are the dead," it follows a statement that speaks more to Winston's above assertion. Winston insists that "She did...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2010 9:44 am UTC

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1984

What is the role of the Brotherhood in 1984?

In 1984, the Brotherhood is the name of the secret organization whose role is to bring down the Party. In Part Two, Chapter Eight, when Winston and Julia are at O'Brien's apartment, the reader gets...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 10:24 am UTC

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1984

In the book 1984, what are the 5 most important events to occur?

Choosing the most important events of 1984 clearly involves the interpretation the reader; however, in selecting these the reader can look for events that have significant consequences. From this...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2015 7:46 pm UTC

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What Does Winston Dream About

In 1984, Winston dreams about a few things. One of his dreams features a dark-haired woman running toward Winston. Winston sees it as an act of freedom and Party defiance. This is going to sound...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2015 2:38 pm UTC

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1984

Can somebody explain the quotation from George Orwell's "1984," "we shall meet in a place where there is no...

The quotation "a place where there is no darkness" occurs twice in George Orwell's "1984." That is certainly no accident, given Orwell's writing style and his portrayal of life in a totalitarian...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2013 4:18 pm UTC

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In Orwell's 1984, what is the purpose of the telescreen?

In 1984, the telescreen is a tool used by the Party to detect instances of rebellion. You will notice in Part One, Chapter One, for instance, how Winston keeps his back to the telescreen when...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2016 1:51 pm UTC

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Explain the war between Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia in 1984. Who is Oceania actually battling? Is there even a war?

In 1984, the world is divided into three states: Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia. Oceania is constantly at war with one of these states while at peace with the other. For the majority of the book,...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 9:01 am UTC

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1984

In 1984, what is in Room 101 for everyone, including Winston?

Room 101 was the place where the worst thing in the world was found. Winston had previously asked O’Brien to tell him what exactly was in the room because he noticed that all the prisoners who had...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2015 12:52 pm UTC

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1984

What Happens To Julia In 1984

We see Julia at the very end of the book, and can get a picture of her physical appearance, and she mentions a couple things from which we can infer what happened to her. We don't know exactly, in...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2010 6:48 am UTC

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1984

In Orwell's 1984, what is Ingsoc?

Ingsoc is short for English Socialism, and the shortening of the word into two basically meaningless syllables is itself significant. Ingsoc is a word that can mean whatever the Party wants it to...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2017 4:22 pm UTC

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1984

What does, "Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me," mean?

This is taken from a nursery rhyme of the time Orwell was growing up ("The Chestnut Tree" by Glen Miller 1939), much like he took the line "oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clements." The...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2008 10:18 am UTC

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1984

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

First mentioned in Chapter Four of George Orwell’s novel of a futuristic dystopian society, 1984, a “speakwrite” is apparently some form of dictation system, in which a user speaks into it and his...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2014 7:47 pm UTC

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In George Orwell's 1984, what piece of "evidence" does Winston discover at work one day? 

In the world of 1984, history is continually rewritten so that the "facts" of the past confirm the reality of the present moment, whatever that reality might be. For example, if at the present...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2017 2:03 pm UTC

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1984

What does the picture of Jones, Aaronson and Rutherford mean? What does it prove? Why is it so important?

Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford are three men, who were arrested around 1965 before they publicly confessed to their crimes of colluding with Goldstein against the Party. After confessing, they...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2017 12:47 am UTC

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1984

In 1984, what was the uniform of the Party, and what was its purpose?

The uniform of the Party is the blue overalls that are worn by men and women alike. The overalls are worn by both inner Party members, like O'Brien, and outer Party members, such as Julia and...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 5:40 pm UTC

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In 1984, what is Winston's dream about his mother, and how does it make him feel?

Winston's dreams about his mother reveal something about his tortured psyche and also the events of his childhood that gave rise to his feelings of guilt and shame. They also tell us something...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020 10:58 am UTC

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1984

In 1984, when Winston said to Julia, "You're only a rebel from the waist downwards," what did he mean?  

Julia rebels against the physical privations that come with being an outer Party member. Inner Party members enjoy all sorts of privileges denied to the rank and file, such as good coffee, wine and...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 5:00 pm UTC

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Where does Winston Smith live?

Winston Smith lives in a dilapidated, old apartment building known as Victory Mansions. Victory Mansions is a dingy, disgusting building in need of major renovations. At the beginning of the novel,...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 4:31 pm UTC

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In 1984 by George Orwell, what is the main conflict, and how do other conflicts help to illuminate the author’s message?

The central conflict in 1984 is man versus society, personified in Winston Smith's struggle against Big Brother's oppressive regime. Winston represents freedom, both physical and intellectual. He...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 12:36 pm UTC

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