- In 1984 The Party tries to limit language through the use of newspeak. The goal of this is to not only prevent people from speaking against the government, but to limit thought as well. Consider the impacts of this practice and then explain why freedom of speech is vital to a democratic society. Use examples and quotes from the novel to show the implications of this and what is lost in society when language is limited.
- Orwell used 1984 to warn his readers against totalitarianism. Though it can be said that totalitarianism is innately bad, it is possible to say it can be good as well. The same can also be said for a democracy. Describe the pros and cons of both a totalitarian government and a democratic government and then explain why Orwell would warn against the governing style despite the pros of totalitarianism and the cons of democracy.
- What is the nature of love and friendship in Oceania? Describe and evaluate the relationships evident within the text, including but not limited to Winston and Julia, Winston and his mother, or the Parsons family. What do these relationships say about the Party’s influence on society in Oceania? Furthermore, what is your final conclusion about love in Oceania?
Homework: Due Thursday (4/27/17)
In at least 1 page of writing consider your experience in my class this year and explain what you have learned, your growth as a student/person, and why it is important to you.
Feel free to talk about specific examples, teaching methods, conversations, etc. that you remember.
This is to get you thinking so we can discuss on Thursday.