'1984' Essay

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10 Year 10 English (Persuasion & Deception) Mind Map on '1984' Essay, created by Ruchira A on 03/02/2016.

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'1984' Essay
1 ‘It is Winston’s vulnerability that defeats him, not the strength of his enemies.’ Discuss.
1.1 Winston's vulnerability was what defeated him, however it was only his vulnerability towards the happenings of the inner party that defeated him.
1.1.1 What defines vulnerability?
1.2 Key ideas
1.2.1 Winston knew that the party was up to no good, and wanted to rebel
1.2.2 However, Winston was oblivious to what was actually going on in the inner party and in Room 101
1.2.3 Winston's blind and undying loyalty towards O'Brien proved destructive towards the conclusion of the novel (also mention Stockholm Syndorome)
1.2.4 Big Brother and the party are weak, it is the blindness and the deceived citizens of Oceania that give it power.
1.3 Key quotes
1.3.1 “I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY.”
1.3.2 "it did not matter whether O'Brien was a friend or an enemy"
1.3.3 "they can't get inside you" - the did though
2 “WAR IS PEACE; FREEDOM IS SLAVERY…” ‘In the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, it is impossible for the characters to experience true freedom.’ To what extent do you agree?
2.1 True freedom is different from one person to another, but a commonality is complete escape from Big Brother and the Party AND THE ABILITY TO STAY HUMAN
2.2 Some characters in the novel experienced freedom to some extent, but no one experienced true freedom
2.3 Key ideas
2.3.1 The characters did not experience true freedom due to the supreme power of the Party
2.3.1.1 The Party DEPENDS on power
2.3.2 The ease of changing people's minds through decepetion
2.3.3 THE HUMAN CONDITION
2.3.3.1 Lack of education, societal views and values, equality, no democracy
2.3.4 The party has different 'instruments' of control which include telescreens, newspeak, thought police, etc.
2.4 Key quotes
2.4.1 "they can't get inside you"
2.4.2 use the quote in the question as means of how the party has deceived people
3 “I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY.” ‘It is Winston’s responsibility to undermine the oppressive government in Nineteen Eighty-Four.’ To what extent do you agree?
3.1 It was ultimately Winston's responsibility as a character to undermine the true strength of the oppressive government
3.2 Key Ideas
3.2.1 Winston knew that the party was manipulating the people of Oceania
3.2.2 Winston was oblivious to the internal happenings of the inner party and the Ministries
3.2.3 Winston knew that Room 101 entailed his "greatest fear," but did not know the true emotional severity that is caused until he actually experienced it
3.3 Key Quotes
3.3.1 "if there is hope, it lies in the proles"
3.3.2 "confession is not betrayal"
3.3.3 use the quote in the question to further explain how Winston was unaware of what happened in the Ministry of Love
4 ‘The ending of Nineteen Eighty-Four is appropriate for Orwell’s authorial purpose.’ Discuss.
4.1 It was evident that the ending was suited to Orwell's authorial purpose
4.2 Orwell's primary purpose was to beware readers of the dangers of totalitarianism and the repercussions that can follow with it through the manipulation of truth.
4.3 Key Ideas
4.3.1 The novel protrayed the death of Winston's spirit
4.3.1.1 The breaking of people's spirits, as well as deceiving them is destructive in the sense that it can drive people to do very bad things
4.3.2 The type of society portrayed in '1984' is impossible to escape, as the party is just too powerful
4.3.3 The novel also portrayed O'Brien's betrayal towards Winston, and how despite it, Winston was still loyal towards him
4.4 Key Quotes
4.4.1 "He loved Big Brother"- last words of novel
4.4.2 "under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me"
4.4.2.1 Symbolism
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