This is our fifteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston has a dream of his mother. Winston remembers his selfishness and how he abandoned his family during the Chocolate Incident. Winston and Julia have a conversation. They conclude that the Thought Police can’t get inside you — they can’t make you change what you feel. Your inner heart is impregnable. That’s a very nice thought. Dystopia CAN get inside you. It leaves you worse than you were before, but it CAN get inside of you. Soul force is not enough. You need a strong soul to resist.
This is our fourteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston finally meets O’Brien! Is this a signal? Is this a call from the resistance to the Party? It’s actually a false-flag operation by the Thought Police, but we’ll get to that in another episode. We see Orwell’s foreshadowing in full force.
This is our thirteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We look at the meaning of propaganda, how different people respond to it, how young people and old people resist propaganda differently, history as a means to resist propaganda, and the scary thing about propaganda: it works. There’s a look at how love transforms Winston’s life. It takes superhuman effort merely to remain human.
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!
This is our eleventh episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We get to know Winston and Julia a bit better, and we see their differing outlooks on survival in dystopia. Sex in dystopia: sex is personal, but the consequences are hardly private. Winston believes they are dead though they live — against Big Brother, Julia believes now is a good time to have a good time — in spite of Big Brother. Then the old question: What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (I’ve heard that once before, but not from you . . . )
This is our tenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston meets up with the Brown Haired Girl! We talk about sex, profanity, beauty, revolt, and the reassertion of basic humanity. Hypocrisy poisons goodness, but goodness is still worth it. Could a desire for corruption and death of a bad system reveal a hope for the resurrection of the dead? We’ll talk about it!
This is our ninth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. The brown haired girl slips Winston a note in this, one of the most exciting chapters so far. What does the note say? It says, “I LOVE YOU.” That certainly was not what he was expecting, but he can go with that. Love gives you energy from seemingly nowhere, but utopian visions for the future cannot summon the same for themselves. Dystopian futures come from trying to squeeze that out of people who would otherwise prefer to get on with their own lives.
This is our eighth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston goes for a walk and attempts an amateur historical interview on a muddle-brained ole prole. Sociological research takes time, the aggregation of many interviews, freedom to compile the evidence. Winston’s not going to be able to fight the Party by going out and furtively talking to one prole here and there. Winston caves and goes back to the junk shop where he bought the diary. Dystopia and having to look over your shoulder all the time are not congenial to being human.
This is our seventh episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. In this episode, we look at Party hypocrisy in their claims of liberating the Proles while they actively look down on the Proles. As well, they practically command you to deny the evidence of your own senses as you give your ultimate loyalty to the Party. Winston once held evidence of a lie in Party propaganda, but does having evidence destroy a lie? Even more, does having proof to back up a lie destroy the truth?
This is our sixth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. In this episode, we get into the subject of dystopia and sexuality. Sexuality is an important theme in literature and in what it means to be human, and in our closer look at Nineteen Eighty-Four, this chapter ambushes us with it, as it is the most . . . noteworthy feature of an otherwise boring chapter. Dystopia does strange things to human sexuality. This topic will be coming back as we go further through Orwell’s classic dystopia, so you’ll be hearing more from us on this one!