E70: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 4 – Individuality

This is our twelfth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. In chapter 4 of part 2, Winston and Julia rent the room above Mr. Charrington’s junk shop. We look at the role of singing in cultivating individuality apart from political propaganda. Also, the assertion of gender roles against pseudo-egalitarian uniformity as an assertion of individuality. Think about symbolism: is it intentional all along, or is it subconscious? Whatever it is, it’s polyphonic!

E18: The Handmaid’s Tale, Pt. 2 “Our Duty to the Party”

This is episode 2 of 3 on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. In this episode we look at the reduction of men and women to their gender, the totalitarian wiping out of individuality, and what it means particularly for women to get the bad end of the deal. It’s not about power or control, it’s not about who you get to hurt, it’s about what you are able to demand and receive forgiveness for doing.