NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR PART ONE Chapter One

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NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
PART ONE
Chapter One
1. Note details of the setting on pages 3&4. What feelings are induced? How? Why?
2. Examine Winston’s diary entries (pg. 10, 11, 20, 21) Comment on their content and
style.
3. Pg 11&12 - Introduction of Julia - explore Winston’s thoughts and feelings.
4. Pg 12 &13 - Introduction of O’Brien - Select and “analyze” several adjectives used
to describe him. Explore Winston’s being “deeply drawn to him”.
5. Pg 13-17 - Introduction of Emmanuel Goldstein - Examine his characteristics and
purpose.
Does he really exist?
6. Pg. 16 - “The horrible thing about the Two Minute Hate was not that one was obliged
to act a part but that it was impossible to avoid joining in”. Select and analyze one
description of the Hate. How does the ritual affect Winston?
7. Pg 21 - What is Thoughtcrime? How does it make Winston’s situation seem futile?
Chapter Two
1. Examine the description of Mrs. Parsons (pg.22). How does she “fit” the setting?
Pg 26. Explain the “look of helpless fright” on Mrs. Parsons’ face.
2. Pg. 24 - “He was a fattish ... Party depended. Explore Parson’s character.
3. Give your impression of the Parsons’ children. Support your view.
4. Pg 27 - “Seven years it must be - he had dreamed...We shall meet in the place where
there is no darkness.” Explore some possible interpretations of Winston’s dream.
5. Pg 28&29 - How does the description create mood?
6. Pg 30 - Explain why Winston sees himself as dead.
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