1984 Quotation Analysis Part III

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“He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the while-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The long-hoped-for bullet was entering his brain.” (297)

Here Orwell creates this dreamlike mood through imagery. Perhaps writing in such a manner as to model Winston’s somewhat oblivious state of mind. Everything seemed just to rush by, without much of a full transition between scenes, which gives it this disconnected, dreamlike feel to it. Yet it seems extremely peaceful, thanks to words such as “sunlight” or “white as snow.” In fact from the text, death seems to even be comforting. Life had been so painful, dark, and lonely, and yet this has to be one of the few “peaceful” moments in the book. Even Big Brother finally appeared to be a “positive” figure, and for the first time, I think, Winston notices the smile underneath that dark mustache. What a great book!

“ ‘She listened at the keyhole. Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh? I don’t bear her any grudge for it. In fact I’m proud of her. It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway.’” (233)

Here, Mr. Parsons explains to Winston why he was brought into the Ministry of Love. Two things came to mind in this. First, it seems that Orwell is trying to show us that no matter how faithful the followers are to Big Brother, there would always be some sort of resistance in even the most devote people. The second is how this reminded me of many other real dictators who had also used the youth to their advantage. As I mentioned before, young children are very easily manipulated. In fact, upon researching some on google, I found that Big Brother and Adolf Hitler had much in common. Both kept away dissent, both tried to keep the youths busy in communal programs, both tried to keep the children ignorant as possible, both kept the children in uniforms, both used a lot of propaganda to make themselves look “good,” and both used the children has “spies” to keep an eye on their parents.


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