1984 Part 1 Damage Control (Ch. 1-6)

So, here we are, almost done with Part 1, and rife with amazing and confusing ideas. Today, we will do a re-cap to see where everyone stands with the book so far - if there are any confusions, I’d like to clear them up now before we continue.

Below, you’ll find a survey of some ideas that have come up in your reading and in our discussions. Please make a mark in the first column BEFORE  we begin the review; mark the second column AFTER the review is over. I will collect these sheets as feedback at the end of the review.

Name: __________________________________        Per _______

Scale:

  1. I do not understand this at all.
  2. I kind of understand it, but am a bit confused.
  3. I understand it, but would have a hard time explaining it to a friend.
  4. Totally got it.

Statement

Before review

After Review

The effects of constant and total government surveillance.

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Appearance vs. reality: what the Party claims vs. what actually is (ideals vs. daily existence)

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Total devotion to a leader

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Breaking up family ties; turning children against their parents

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The implications of continuous war

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Doublethink

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The eternal present: controlling and (re)creating external records in the past to always match the present

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What BB says vs. what BB provides (i.e. chocolate rations or boot production)

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Individual existence (and how to prove it?)

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Language, thought, and the destruction of both

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Killing / dirtying the sex instinct

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