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PostSubject: Discussion Questions   Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:56 pm

1. 1984 is full of images and ideas that do not directly affect the plot, but nevertheless attain thematic importance. What are some of these symbols and motifs, and how does Orwell use them?

2. Discuss the idea of doublethink. How important is doublethink to the Partyís control of Oceania? How important is it to Winstonís brainwashing?

3. Describe Juliaís character as it relates to Winston. How is she different from him? How is she similar to him? How does Juliaís age make her attitude toward the Party very different from Winstonís?

4. Describe Winstonís character as it relates to his attitude toward the Party. In what ways might his fatalistic streak contribute to his ultimate downfall?

5. How does technology affect the Partyís ability to control its citizens? In what ways does the Party employ technology throughout the book?

6. Discuss the idea of Room 101, the place where everyone meets his or her worst fear. Keeping in mind that for most of Winstonís time at the Ministry of Love, he does not know what he will find in Room 101, what role does that uncertainty play in making Room 101 frightening? Does the cage of rats break Winstonís spirit, or does it merely play a symbolic role?

7. What role does Big Brother play within the novel? What effect does he have on Winston? Is Winstonís obsession with Big Brother fundamentally similar to or different from his obsession with OíBrien?
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PostSubject: Re: Discussion Questions   Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:13 pm

6. Discuss the idea of Room 101, the place where everyone meets his or her worst fear. Keeping in mind that for most of Winstonís time at the Ministry of Love, he does not know what he will find in Room 101, what role does that uncertainty play in making Room 101 frightening? Does the cage of rats break Winstonís spirit, or does it merely play a symbolic role?
Here is something you will find in many grad 'B' movies and tv series.s Facing your worst fear. I wonder if this was new when Orwell pput it into print?
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