If you were interviewing Winston Smith (Protagonist in Orwell's novel '1984'), what kind of questions would you ask?If you were interviewing Winston Smith (Protagonist in Orwell's novel '1984'),...

If you were interviewing Winston Smith (Protagonist in Orwell's novel '1984'), what kind of questions would you ask?

If you were interviewing Winston Smith (Protagonist in Orwell's novel '1984'), what kind of questions would you ask? 

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I would like to ask him a number of questions:

--- did you really believe that you could escape the thought police in the upper room with Julia?

--- did you ever suspect that O'Brien wasn't what you hoped he would be?

--- how did you deal with Julia's lack of interest in the Brotherhood?

--- I know that in a world without love, you must have felt something for Julia; did you ever doubt that it was "love"?

--- at what point did you know that it was "over" for you?

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

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I would ask him what he thinks about his job. How does he justify it? I would also ask him what he values most in relationships.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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That depends on what stage of the book would be involved....would it be before or after Winston's re-education? Would he know that I am not an agent of Big Brother, in either time frame?

I guess I would want to know what made him different from the majority of the people in his society, that he would dare to do something against Big Brother in the first place. Was it unhappiness? Courage?  If I was talking to the end-of-the book Winston, I would want to know what happened in his brain/body when his thoughts came close to being something that went against his society.

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marionn | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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did he really believe that such a brotherhood existed? how could he put all his loyalty and his life into a group he didnt even know existed. and it was not as though there were small changes taking place because of the brotherhood. i would want to ask winston what did he think was going to happen by his joining and working for the brotherhood. even the same sounds suspicious, brother-hood. big 'brothers' agents working scretky under a hood.

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