"Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one." (68)
"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows." (69)
I just thought these were really smart, yet simple, ideas.
"Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom." (56)
If you show any signs of what your thinking, the thought police will catch you.
"If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there, in those swarming disregarded masses, eighty-five per cent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated. The Party could not be overthrown from within." (60)
Possible forshadowing, but can a revolution happen at all against a Party so powerful? The Party controls so much I don't see how even the proles could stop it.
Life, if you looked about you, bore no resemblance not only to the lies that streamed out of the telescreens, but even to the ideals that the party was trying to achieve.-pg. 63
"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." (61)
This makes rebellion and consciousness impossible unless...no it's impossible.
"He wondered, as he had many times wondered before, whether he himself was a lunatic. Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one." (68)
"Your own worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom."
Most people can't control some things, like the reactions of your nervous system. If you can get in trouble for something seen on your face as a result of that, the thought police are basically punishing you for a biological reaction that you can't control.
"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it...(but) Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."
This may be the foreshadowing of Winston initiating a rebellion!
"...a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in a perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting--three hundred million people all with the same face." (pg. 64)
"...he thought of Katharine, his wife. Winston was married- had been married at any rate; probably he still was married, for so far as he knew his wife was not dead." (56)
Kim stole my quote; however, I do agree with her. There is definetly some foreshadowing going on. I really think that Winston is "The Chosen One" and will lead Oceana to independence.
"The aim of the Party was not merely to prevent men and women frim forming loyalties which it might not be able to control. Its real, undeclared purposewas to remove all pleasure from the sexual act. Not love so much as eroticism was the enemy, inside marriage as well as outside it. All marriages between party members had to be approved by a committee appointed for the purpose, and- though the principle was never clearly stated- permission was always refused if the couple concerned have the impression of being physically attracted to one another." pg 57
"It might be true that the average human being was better off now than he had been before the Revolution. The only evidence to the contrary was the mute protest in your own bones, the instinctive feeling that the conditions you lived in were intolerable and that at some other time they must have been different"
The Party has destroyed any factual history and replaced it with garbage (and then they replace the garbage with garbage). The only evidence left of the past is inpeople's minds, but they're too afraid to do anything for fear of being vaporized.
I didn't do it at the last minute!
"Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth. Just once in his life he had possessed-after the event: that was what counted-concrete, unmistakable evidence of an act of falsification. He had held it between his fingers for as long as thirty seconds. In 1973, it must have been-at any rate it was at about the time when he and Katherine had parted. But the really relevant date was seven or eight years earlier." (64)
"The most deadly danger of all was talking in your sleep. There was no way of guarding against that, so far as he could see." pg 56
I had not thought about this before... If you talk in your sleep and say something wrong can the thought police get you for that? (probably) It's similar to what Dana said, even in this situation, should you really be blamed for something you can't control?
Sometimes you might/can think differently in your dreams than you do in real life.
"until they become concious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become concious"
this quote shows how hard it is to get the prole to be unified and recognize their own power.
Gradually we see the characters consumed with memories and questionable thoughts. Surely everyone else must be feeling the same as Winston; however, because he's trapped inside his mind without even being allowed to be trapped in his mind (..that made a lot more sense in my head) I predict he'll (and others) will go psychotic. *crawls back into dumpster*
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.