1984, written by George Orwell, is about a man named Winston Smith and is set in Oceania. Throughout the whole novel, there constantly is references to Big Brother and how he is watching everyone and their actions. Big Brother is a concern for some of the characters in the novel, because he has never actually been seen, so they wonder if he really is a real person. In everyone's rooms there are screens and camera's so the governement is able to see what each person is doing. Many of the actions within the novel show how governements are very ruling of everyone's actions. The Party which is the controling force in 1984 believes in no individual freedom and no thoughts of their own. It was a sin for a person to think of anything against the rules of what the party had set for them. The narrator states, "And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right"(Orwell 80). Whether a person said something that was right, te government had the power to tell them it was wrong and make their way right. Winston keeps a journal which he writes various thoughts that he has in it. He does this by hiding from the camera in his room. Soon in the novel, Winston meets O'Brien who pretends to be on Winston's side against the Party for most of the novel. The opposing force was the Brotherhood and they were out to destroy the Party. Later in the novel, Winston meets a pretty lady named Julia who he falls in love with. He ends up sneaking around and trying to hid their relationship from the government, since relationships with the other sex were prohibited in Oceania. The narrator states, "The Party was trying to kill the sex instinct"(Orwell 66). O'Brien secretly knows about their relationship and all of the thoughts that both Julia and Winston have towards each other. O'Brien learns many things about Winston due to his fake character. He later uses this to get Winston in trouble for thinking, because he really is a trained thought police. He turns Winston in and they obliterate Winston's brain and keep him confined. This gets him to no longer love Julia and will never go against the Party again. They allow him to be free, and he trusts in Big Brother and what the Party has to offer him.
1) If your society was being forced to go against their own moral thoughts due to their government like Winston in 1984, would you rebel against the government and try to have them change their ways?
2) The Party in the novel seems to ave a very strong policy on how each person is to live their life. What are your beliefs on how drastic a government should be in their rule? How far are they allowed to rule in a person's life before it gets to far?
3) Would you give up your love for someone, like Winston, to be the person the government wants you to be?
4) The belief in Big Brother is like belief in God, both of them are not able to be seen. Would you believe in someone like Big Brother if you saw all of the negative actions and thoughts that are related to him?