By: Alejandro Gonzalez

With this quotation what Winston it’s trying to say is that the hope of a country is in the proles because the proles were the only people that could destroy the big brother party and the proles were the 85% of oceania and with the 85% of the proles being against the party oceania could return again to their normal lives withouth being controlled by somebody, and having full liberty, withouth news being changed or thing being changed to favor ther party and not living in a false world instead they would live in a real world.

The dream of Winston was to live in a real world and not in a false world so the dream of winston was that the big brother party came down and dissapear and he saw that the only people that could destroy the party were the proles because the proles were not with the party and they were very united and had humanity but as winston saw the proles had to wake up and stop being affraid of the big brother party and do something about the situation and Winston had hope that one day the proles will wake up and bring down the party.

So as we saw the only way to accomplish Winston ‘s dream of bringing the party down is that the imageproles could see the strength they have and they could wake up and attack the big brother’s party. The proles being the 85% of oceania population if they could wake up they have a 99% of winning and bringing the party down. If the party comes down oceania could live again as in their past being all of them free and having liberty and living in a true world and not in a false world but the proles have to wake up. “If there is hope it lies on the proles”.


By: Karina Cerrato

I have seen many strange things since been in the party. This things may have been normal for any person belonging to the party but strange for me. The first thing I see at the beginning of the book is that while doing my morning exercise I thinks of the relationship of  Oceania with Eurasia and Eastasia. I realize that the party History tells that Oceania had been always enemies with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia but that’s not true. Another strange thing i thought since been in the party was the fact that Big Brother appear in 1930 even though i didn’t hear about him until 1960. Also Winston starts remembering the time were he caught the party lying in the 1960s. I remember seen some leaders of the party sitting in the Chestnut Tree Café were i took a picture of them telling they were once part of the league with the party and supposedly where at the party function force to confess to their false crimes. Unfortunately I destroy it since I was afraid of been caught. The children books i saw at a store tells how the party were the ones who made the buildings which it is all a lie. Ever since the party came to power I have left my family died and taking chocolate and never seen them again. Children now in the party cause their parents for thought crime and are proud of it, like the Parsons. There is no love or sex admitted in the party since they lose their love for big brother which in my opinion it’s nonsense. That’s why I hate big brother and this party.Character__Winston_Smith_by_deathend

By: Karina Cerrato

First of all the proles are the workers in which they are not part of the Oceania party of INGSOC. The proles are not watch by the party and life apart of the normal community of the party members. In the books they all are considers more humans than the party members since they can keep their own thoughts and lives. While the party members are force to be watched and monitor all day. By that they don’t have their own lives and even thoughts. Since the proles are bit monitor they aren’t arrested or send to Brainwash them in room 101. They are not force to be loyal to the party or any other. The reason for that the party have no control for them can be explain in this part of the book that says “They had held on to the primitive emotions which he himself had to re-learn by conscious effort.” They don’t have enough education it understand and comprehend the situations of the party. That’s another reason why they are not held into been force by the party, and it’s more easy to control them, rather than the people who have education might rebel by what they know.working-the-rice-fields-400


By: Karina Cerrato

The book 1984 start in London, Oceania where our main character is Winston Smith a 39 year old man is a member of the outer party of INGSOC. He works at the Ministry Truth where he destroys and rewrites the articles and history written about the party. Big Brother’s face is everywhere around the country of Oceania and the Party. Winston lives in the building called the Victory Mansion, were he’s fortunate to have an apartment that he can hide from the tele-screen which tell all the propaganda of the party and the Thought Police monitor the citizens’ movements. With his hidden diary he start writing about the two minutes hate where they place an image of their enemies of Oceania in this case is Goldstein leader of the brotherhood. He knows that he doesn’t hate Goldstein but Big Brother who sees also in O’Brien’s eyes. O’Brien is a powerful member of the inner party who Winston thinks believes in Goldstein brotherhood. Without realizing he has written “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” repeatedly on a whole page.
Someone knocks the door and it was Mrs. Parsons his neighbor. She was asking him for help plumbing since her husband was away. As he starts fixing he is threatened by Mrs. Parsons’ children who play to be spies, accusing him of thought crime. Mrs. Parsons is afraid of her own children. Winston goes back to his apartment he remembers a dream he had of an man saying to him “We shall meet in the place where there’s no darkness” Which believed it was O’Brian. He also dreams about his mother and family who he can barely remember since his memory is very unclear of his past. He dreams of the “Golden Country” were a women with dark hair get off her cloth in front if him but doesn’t make a deal out of it but likes the fact It rebels against the party. He wakes up with the word “Shakespeare” on his lips. The alarm sound for workers to wake up, which means it’s time for their physical jerks. As his doing his exercise he thinks of his childhood and his relationship of Oceania with Eurasia and Eastasia. The party History tells that Oceania had been always enemies with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia and he thinks that it’s not true. Also the fact that Big Brother appear in 1930 even though they didn’t hear about him until 1960.
Winston goes to job at the Ministry were he stars working by destroying the obsolete document and changing their content. He updated an dome tempt in which said about Big Brother orders which he did an mistake. Since Big Brother can’t make any mistakes he change it into a new one and destroy the other document. It also talk about the citizen having less food even though it was changed to have a lot of food instead of less, in which they would believe. That day Winston had to record an speech made in December 1983 by a comrade from the party named captain Ogilvy, one of Big Brother’s officials who was war hero and died in battle. Although The captain Ogilvy doesn’t exist. After work he goes to have lunch with a man named Syme who is very intelligent and passionate about his job. He revise the dictionary of the Newspeak, which is an language that the party wants to imply on the citizens and be their official language. Parson who is a Party Official comes into the restaurant and encourage for Winston to contribute for the Hate week. Then he apologize for what his kids did to him. Suddenly there’s an announcement of the Ministry of Plenty saying there will be an increase of production. Later he realize he had been watched by a dark-hair woman and fears it might be an Party agent.
In the evening Winston writes in his journal about his last sexual encounter with a prostitute.The women who he has sexual encounter was very old but he wanted to have sex with her anyways. Yuck!! Winston remembers that his former wife Katherine hated sex and as soon they realize they couldn’t have kids they separated. Winston writes about the hope of revolution even thought the party can’t be destroyed even the brotherhood can’t because of the lack of money and other needs defeating the thought police. Also over 85% of the population of Oceania could easily make enough power to over come the thought police. However the ignorant, animalistic lives and the loss of energy and interest of the revolt don’t let them see the party is oppressing them. Winston see though the children history books in which he find out how the party were the ones who made the buildings, in which is not true. London was a destroyed with the building collapsing.
Winston starts remembering the time were he caught the party lying in the 1960s. He saw some leaders sitting in the Chestnut Tree Café were he photograph the two men letting they were once part of the league with the party and supposedly where at the party function force to confess to their false crimes. Unfortunately Winston threw and distort the photograph because he had the fear of been caught. Winston ends up writing a letter in his diary for O’Brien the only person who he believes is on his side. He finish writing his diary by saying ” Freedom is to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follow”. Then he walks to the prole districts, and envies people’s normal lives. He enters to a pub were he sees an old man who thinks he might have a possible link to the past in which at the end the old man couldn’t tell him nothing since the old man’s memory has ended up been uncertain. He then goes to the store were he bought the dairy and buys a clear glass paperweight with a pink coral center form Mr. Charrington. As he talk with Mr. Charrington, he shows Winston a room with no telescreen were Winston sees a poster saying “Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St.clement’s / you own me three farthings,clay the bells of St. Martin’s. On his way home he sees a dark-hair girl following him. He suddenly imagine him smashing her face with a cobblestone he had with him. He had a lot of fear and decides that the best thing to do is a suicide before they caught him. He takes a coin out of his pocket and looks at Big Borther’s face and can’t help but say the party slogan: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”.

End of Part 1

By: Monica Castro
soul     I agree with Winston’s statement, because the “spirit of man”, which could also be interpreted as our soul, is an intrinsic part of a person, the non-material part hehas dominion over. The problem with the society in 1984, is that an individual person who disagrees with the Party, just as Winston, can do very little to change the society he lives in. In order for the “spirit of man” to truly change society, it is necessary that the spirits of men (I mean, thousands of them) unite. It is really very easy to manipulate a single human being, but when you are faced with masses who demand change, then it is hard to deny them the change.

women rockHis belief is applicable today and will be applicable for the rest of human history. For instance, today we live in a society that already has certain ideals set for us, but together we are able to challenge these ideals everyday. An example would be gender inequality. In some countries, men and women are still seen as unequal. Women are challenging this belief by succeeding in their studies and prominent job positions. Who knows maybe some day gender inequality will be part of the past in every country of the world.

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Winston’s thoughts on the “spirit of man” apply to history. In history, people have gotten together to overthrow incompetent or abusive leaders, because in their spirit, they are strong and determined in their right to do so. A clear example is the Russian Revolution. People couldn’t stand the incompetence of Tsar Nicholas II, so they got together in protests until he abdicated. Even the soldiers joined the people in the protests. The problem with the Rurussian revssian Revolution, is that people practically transferred power to communist leaders. People were resilient and kept fighting through the civil war. Then, when communist leaders didn’t fully fulfill their promises, people had to draw strength from their spirit once more in order to end with communism. Russian people really have gone through strong tests that prove the resiliency and righteousness of people, who mostly strive equality and freedom.

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By: Fabyana Cardona

The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, by the character Emmanuel Goldstein, is the fictional book that is used as a thematic and plot element in the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948), by George Orwell. According to Orwell’s plot, in the totalitarian society of Oceania, ruled by the seemingly omnipotent, omniscient Party, Emmanuel Goldstein (in the Party’s propaganda) is the principal enemy of the state – a former member of the Inner Party – continually conspiring against the leadership of Big Brother. Early in the story, the protagonist thinks to himself: “There were … whispered stories of a terrible book, a compendium of all the heresies, of which Goldstein was the author and which circulated clandestinely here and there. It was a book without a title. People referred to it, if at all, simply as The Book”. Winston reads two long excerpts establishing how the three totalitarian super-states – Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia – emerged from a global war, thus connecting the past and the present, and explains the basic political philosophy of the totalitarianism that derived from the authoritarian political tendencies manifested in the first part of the twentieth century. I think that I this book they don’t really know about leadership, also that they are just control by one person.


By: Fabyana Carona

In what ways can you compare Big Brother to Hitler? (Part 1)


Hitler believed in a totalitarian government, as did Big Brother. Hitler wanted to show executions on TV and Big Brother wanted to torture people with their worst fears in room 101. Hitler was the face of Germany and Big Brother was the face of Oceania. You see, Hitler wanted people to see his enemies face the consequences of disobedience while Big Brother did not want to make any martyrs. A better example from 1984 may have been the public hangings that Parsons is unable to take his children to. The slogans of the party and compare them to Hitler’s state of mind. War is peace, and its idea of a constant state of war is comparable to Hitler making an enemy of the Jewish people, so that the Germans are united against the Jewish. The other party slogans can fit in.