nineteeneightyfour1984dvda2What do you think about the manipulation of language and information to control human thought? How is that shown here in the first chapter?

What do you make of the Party’s Newspeak slogans: “War is Peace” Freedom is Slavery” and “Ignorance is Strength?” Do you feel the ideas and themes of surveillance and government control can relate to our lives today?

What is it about Winston’s life in Oceania you find the most similar to our lives today? Are there any of the same feelings or elements we can sympathize with in our current climate?

Background Reading…

In order to give you a little background information on the life and experiences of George Orwell I highly suggest you take a look at some of his earlier works. With a background touching everything from the Spanish Civil War to working in Burma with the Imperial Police, his colored experiences led him to become one of the most feared, inspirational and revolutionary authors of an era.

Here you can find some information about the critical essays he wrote for the Socialist Weekly Tribune, as well as some information about the publication itself.

The experiences in Homage to Catalonia which came out in 1938 explore Orwell’s development as a socialist and his objections to totalitarianism. You can place a hold on the item here with the Salinas Public Library, or here online with Project Gutenberg for a free full online copy of the text.

Newsspeak which holds the rights to the novel, has some great background information on the context and development of the novel which you can find online at their website here.

And last but not least, the man himself. Georgeorwell.org provides background information on his major works, as well as a quick and complete biography of his life to lend insight to his perspective and world views which you can find online here.