This section of the book presented to the reader startling events that gave Winston hope that one day the Party will be overthrown. The first event that intrigued was Julia’s capacity to realize the true natures of the Party, she is able to think beyond Winston, while he can only realize what the Party is doing with small occurrences that changed after the Party. Despite seeing the true reality she only rebelled when it affected her personal life, she was not interested with the outside. She remembered me of McMurphy in the beginning of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, because he was the only one who could see beyond in the ward, but was only worried with his own benefits; however, he changed, he fought until his death for the freedom of the others, just like he did, will Julia fight for the freedom of the population? The Party’s suppressing of feelings also made me interested because just like in the World State the controllers suppressed feelings in order to maintain control of the population. However, what does this represent to the true nature of a totalitarian government? How is turning people inhuman preventing them from rebelling? The most important part of the novel occurred in this section, the expected meeting of Winston and O’Brien. Just as he predicted O’Brien is part of the Brotherhood and is against the Party. In Winston’s conversation with O'Brien he stated “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness” (Orwell 178). What has been a dream for Winston became a reality and this place represents for them the ending of the Party. Despite bringing hope that there can be a rebellion, how is O’Brien capable of turning of telescreen? First I was fascinated that Winston will be able to be part of the Brotherhood and try to change the control of the Party, but truly as Winston stated before the hope still lies on the proles.
Chapters 5-8 are very captivating and mysterious. It makes us reader question innumerous doubts, especially when Winston meets O’Brien in the hallway of the ministry of Truth. Who is O’Brien after all? Is he trustworthy as Winston believes he is? In my conception, I believe that he is a bad person and wants to discover something about Winton that will incriminate him. Winston believes the O’Brien makes him live, but I think this a paradoxical foreshadowing, where O’Brien will make him die. Winston will be like Syme; he will turn into an unperson.
What caught my attention too, was Julia’s prediction about the government. She believed that “the tales about Goldstein and his underground army were simply a lot of rubbish which the party had invented for its own purpose and which you had to pretend to believe in” (Orwell, 152). Julia was getting to the point most readers question. She knew that there was something wrong in Goldstein’s theory of existence. The Party created this figure to make the people expose their anger toward it, not toward the government. Julia also believed in conspiracy theories “the rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the government of Oceania itself, just to keep the people frightened” (Orwell 153). This is similar to one of the events that happened nowadays. The Twin Towers, for example; people believe that USA was the one who bombed it, to make an excuse to fight against terror. Bush, at this time even said: “WAR IS PEACE”. Just like the novel, we also experience conspiracies against the government, and I do believe in some of them. Those theories do not come from anything, they rise from a suspicion, and maybe people are right about the twin Towers. USA does finance terrorism in some way, because they need to enter the east to get oil.
In part 2 of the book, Winston’s prediction appeared to be right. Syme was a really smart man, responsible for the manipulation of the dictionary, consequently informed about everything behind the party. Winston knew he would be vaporized as long as he finished the newspeak, since he could be seen as a threat due to all the information he had. “Syme had vanished. A morning came , and he was missing from work; a few thoughtless people commented on his absence. On the next day nobody mentioned him” (Orwell 147). This shows one more contradiction of this book and leaves up some questions; how can someone be completely forgotten? Is it possible to totally erase someone’s identity from the world? Can someone forget in two days a person who was part of their daily life? This part of the book shows how the government wanted to vaporize whoever could knock them down, whoever could provide the population with information against the party. The government didn’t want to lose the power to manipulate. Due to this event, the Ministry of Truth was going to have some work in the fake of pictures and files, Syme’s name had to be completely vanished. There was be the Hate Week, probably to start manipulating people’s mind to forget that Syme has one day existed.
Throughout the novel, I was able to notice how much Winston “envy” the proles for their freedom from the Party, even when consisted with ignorance and a lack of awareness. Winston believes that proles are the only one that may come to create a revolution against the Party, however his wish can't be reached because of their ignorance to realize that they all belong to a dictatorial society. The proles symbolize a contrast with Winston’s own life, which is constantly watched by Big Brother. In this section I noticed how Winston feels much better and recognizes his “individuality” when staying at Mr. Charrington’s place, with no telescreen or microphones. I was able to notice that towards this section, Winston’s fear is less consistent, maybe because of Julia, since they are both now sharing the fear and courage to continue seeing one another. On the end of chapter 7, Winston tells Julia one of the most impacting things from the section, “ “ The proles are human beings,” he said aloud. “We are not human.” “ (Orwell 164) Winston and almost everyone from their society are dehumanized by not having their own individuality. The Party conditions them to think and behave the same. They have no freedom over their own decisions. Proles are able to maintain their individuality, for representing no harm to the Party. The Party dehumanizes the strong ones, who are able to go against Big Brother and is a threat to their system.
These chapters show the beginning of the novel's climax. Winston and Julia admit everything that they have been doing to O'Brien, and supposedly join The Brotherhood. However, can O'Brien be trusted? If you stop to think about it, everything about him is strange. Out of nowhere he invites Winston into his home, he is allowed to turn off the television, and he has access to things such as wine, which are not supposed to exist anymore. If he is against the Party, why does he get some many privileges? Is the Party that easy to trick and deceive? Or is Winston the one who is playing the role of a fool? Even his servant is peculiar, with his perfect skin and expressionless face. In my opinion, Winston should have tried to test O’Brien’s hatred for the Party is some way before admitting how much he is against everything, and before introducing him to Julia and his affair. In a world where you are constantly watched, where you can not do as much as breath in a different pattern that you will be vaporized, what made Winston trust O’Brien so easily? I believe it is possibly desperation. Winston is so desperate and hopeful for change that he acts without thinking. He exposes himself and Julia completely to a man who gave him no real proof that he was against the Party other than a simple look –that might have not even happened. Do people really become that naïve because of desperation?
Confessing Dark Secrets
They say that hope is happiness. They say justice is death, and that love is blind. Yet, How can we have happiness if there's no hope? How to make justice if you are fighting the battle alone? Does confession lead to justice? Can we trust in strangers? The world has always had its way of extracting confessions. Nowadays, police departments mainly rely upon psychological tools to extract confessions. All this questions and thoughts came to mind while I was reading this four chapters of 1984. How can you live if you are already dead? Winston was desperate and panic of dead, of losing Julia and losing his only hope. His hope is O'Brien. Winston hopes that O'Brien is secretly against the party just like Julia and him. He hopes to be part of the secret brotherhood against the party and rebel for the rights he wants. However, desperation should not take you to the end of the tunnel. Even in our world, society cannot confess their secrets to strangers. The problem with telling a secret is that they grow all over the community. Dark confessions can led to destructions. In1984, O'Brien for me is a completely stranger, and Winston shouldn't had confess all his thoughts against the government. Not everyone can keep a secret. In fact, anyone can keep secret to themselves. Just by the questions O'Brien asked Winston I could easily see his intentions on wanting to know everything. ''You are prepared to give your lives?...to commit murder?... to commit acts of sabotage which may cause the death of hundreds of innocent people? You are prepared to cheat, to forge, to blackmail, to corrupt the minds of children, to distribute habit forming drugs, to encourage prostitution, to disseminate venereal diseases-- to do anything which is likely to cause demoralization and weaken the power of the party?''(Orwell 172). All these questions were very compromised. Yet, Winston answers ''Yes'' to everything except to separate and never see Julia again. For me O'Brien is not a reliable person. He wanted to know everything. This made me realizes that appearance and despair deceives people. A darksecret like Winston's and Julia's shouldn't have been confess.
How do we know if our thoughts are influenced? How do we know that we have our own opinions? Well, while reading Nineteen Eigthy-Four, it is impossible for a reader to not be brainwashed. Julia, at chapter seven of book two mentions that the Party cannot get into your mind, “’It's the one thing they can't do. They can make you say anything — anything — but they can't make you believe it. They can't get inside you.'” (Orwell 166), but how is it easy to brainwash a person? At this point I am extremely confused on whether or not, we citizens of the real world are brainwashed. I have seen corruptions within the Brazilian government, I have seen corruption in its judicial and legislative branches. How did the government hide it for so many years? Simply because not all citizens have access to political life here in Brazil. We can never say that the government is transparent with us, since no one is ever checking if politicians are being “clean” or not. Or there can even be someone who looks over it, but is bribed to shut its mouth. The fact is, even though our ex-president Lula was inside the “mensalão” and many other embezzlements, how do people still follow him as a president? The power of media; likewise in the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, the media controls everything, mainly the proles. “If there is hope, it lies in the proles” (Orwell 69), but “Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” (Orwell 70). These two statements are perfect, Orwell’s prediction says everything: the proles are ignorant, they don’t get it because the Brazilian government itself does not provide enough education so that they CAN understand it! A perfect cycle just like the quote. It is impressive how Jornal Nacional shows the whole corruption and then Dilma appears saying nice things such as the PEC and the whole “proletariat” automatically donate their votes to her. When is it going to end? When is the government willing to provide decent education to the whole population and the people will be able to judge whether or not it was good? NEVER.
Following my normal routine, going to work at Ministry of Truth, I had realized something had changed. Something felt, was different at the work, there was something missing, someone important. I looked around and realized Syme was missing, the smartest person I knew in this oppressed reality, was I day dreaming? I had to find out, that is why I “printed the list of the members of the Chess Committee, of which Syme had been one. It looked almost exactly as It has looked before—nothing crossed out--- but it was one name shorter. Syme had ceased to exist; he had never existed”(Orwell 147). I realized that my thought were true, the leaders would not allow to have such a smart man such as Syme to last that long as he did. I wondered, has he finished his job? Being able to suppress all ambiguous meaning at the Newspeak? Now that his job has been done, the leaders feared that Syme would be a potential threat to social stability, would be able to tell the intention of the creation of new words were ambiguity would not exist. This makes me scared. Makes me thinks about my rebellion. I look around and see and become angry, I realize that my colleagues have conformed, or have not noticed the disappearance of Syme. Has his name been erased of everyone mind? How can I remember? All those questions did not make since to me, but it made me think. If my rebellion does not work, get discovered by the Thought Police with my diary, would all my effort, my blood spilled, be in vain?
Winston’s conversation with Obrien was one of the most impacting scenes of the novel until now. He decided to share all his thoughts and beliefs with Obrien and this foreshadows many possible events. The detailed conversation when Obrien tells Winston and Julia about all the risks they are going to be facing if they joined the group foreshadows that a disaster could occur to Winston later on in the novel, “You understand, that you will be fighting in the dark. You will always be in the dark. You will receive orders and you will obey them, with ought knowing why.” (Huxley 174). It’s interesting to notice that the couple reacted passively with all the conditions and if they were not even listening what Obrien was saying. Their desire to end with the party is so strong that they did not even think if it was really worth it. The only condition they asked was to continue seeing each other, which was one of the things Obrien said could stop happening. This foreshadows the fact that they could possibly end up not recognizing each other, since they could end up having to do a plastic operation to become unrecognized. On chapter seven Winston tells the reader about a dream he had with his mother and sister, where he shares the fact that he feels guilty for their disappearance. Since Winston is the one that is introducing Julia to this rebellion against the party, she could be severally punished in the future, and Winston will certainly feel guilty for it, as he does for his mother and sister’s disappearance. IS the brotherhood really what Winston thinks it is? Is Obrien trustworthy?
Mission Sit. Rep. from Agent TP029 Codename “Charrington”
(Translated as Best as Possible from Newspeak)
Status of next unperson Smith.
Subject Smith has displayed better physical appearance over the month of June. This includes a diminishing of varicose ulcer, a more erect spine, more shine in his hair, and even more melanin in his skin. Unaware, he has committed several face crimes usually of untimely or improper satisfaction and smugness. Him and his accomplice have met seven times at the location and have never noticed the telescreen. They have intention (but no plans) to overthrow the party and Smith has revealed his notion of O’Brien. A meeting should occur next week and Director O’Brien has taken the opportunity presented by the subjects’ high spirits and carelessness to ask some compromising questions which they will likely answer truthfully. At one point Smith showed restlessness and unease during his sleep but we have no reason to believe that any suspicion was raised against the party. He also has twice mentioned the proles as brute strength for a revolution, however, they will have no access to his ideas, as we have ensured the store has no customers when he is present and other agents have been allocated to his points of interest in the prole sector of London. Awaiting further instructions.
“The old man seemed seldom or never to go out of doors, and on the other hand to have almost no customers”. This is certainly for enhanced surveillance!!
One difference to note between this and “Brave New World” is the nature of the surveillance. Both World States have non-conformant individuals. In 1984, the party observes them and waits to see how non-conformant they are. The observation is made through telescreens and undercover police. Later, the person is vaporized. In Brave New World, the non-conformant individual is given many chances to conform, and literally everyone around him or her is openly trying to make them come around and adapt. All citizens are equally indoctrinated with hypnopaedia and soma and voluntarily offer teachings to whoever may be devious. Bernard’s co-workers (specially the DHC) warn him regarding his behavior and Lenina constantly offers him soma and reminds him of teachings. In 1984, they wait for the person to take blunt rebellious action. They don’t believe in “rehabilitation”. It looks like (speculation) the party even leads the person to the revolt to confirm the nature of that individual. O’Brien is setting up traps for Winston and Julia. In real life, they are no traps set up by state to encourage crime, or so we think, but isn’t impunity encouraging crime? Does the legal trade of weapons encourage crime? Should real States believe in rehabilitation or is the death penalty the safest alternative? If so, should there be a distinction between the types of crimes that lead to death penalty?
“ We believe that there is some kind of conspiracy, some kind of secrete secret organization working against the Party, and that you are involved in it. We want to join it and work for it. We are enemies of the Party. We believe disbelieve in the principles of Ingsoc. We are thought-criminals. We are also adulters. I tell you this because we want to put ourselves at your mercy. If you want us to incriminate ourselves in any other way, we are ready.” (Winston, pg. 170)
This passage clearly shows how Winston has decided to go against the party and its principals. The Brotherhood is a group of people who hates the party and would do anything to halt it from spreading itself. Winston was in a meeting with O’Brien and Julia and he told all the truth. It was very risky to say he is an adulterate and a thought-criminal, is the thought-police caught him, it would be torture combined with death. It also called my attention the last sentence where Winston said he would do anything to incriminate the party and change the system. I question my self, would she Kill? He was a common worker in the minister of truth before all this adventure that changed his life. Know he seems to be a man with ideology a man that thinks on the proletariat. One big difference between Winston and Julia is the fact he wants to help the people of Oceania, while Julia is only doing this for Winston and personal pleasure. He is a true martyr and I think he would die for his principals, but in the other side Julia doesn’t have the same commitment.
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