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D is for Dystopia

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FC: D is for Dystopia Lauren Hancock Period 2 2-24-2014

1: A is for Abuse. | Oceania's government is abusive towards its citizens. If someone decides to nonchalantly express their opinion and the government doesn't like it, they get sent to the Ministry of Love to be tortured. This is a method Big Brother uses to threaten people into behaving properly.

2: B is for Big Brother | Big Brother issues telescreens to every house which are supposed to be watching you and reading your mind to be sure you aren't thinking bad thoughts against Big Brother. This is an invasion of the citizens' privacy. Just like gods of most religions, Big Brother is likely fictional. | (page 1) It was one of those pictures that are so contrived that the eyes follow you when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.

3: C is for Coffee | Julia brings Winston fresh, real coffee. This small act of kindness is a representation of how everyday tasks such as buying real coffee is a huge struggle in their corrupt society. Big Brother tells everyone that they cannot have real food until the (fake) war with Eastasia is over. This is a form of mind control. | (page 141) It's coffee, he murmured. Real coffee. It's inner party coffee. There's a whole kilo here, she said.

4: D is for Doublethink | Doublethink is the power to hold two contradictory thoughts and accept both of them. This is the only acceptable way of speaking your mind against Big Brother. The party believes that as long as you think another thought to correct your previously offensive thought, you must be mentally stable and you don't need to be taken into rehab to be brainwashed or vaporized.

5: E is for Eastasia | Big Brother uses propaganda and mind control to convince the citizens that Oceania was always at war with Eastasia instead of Eurasia. This war, however, is a fake war; designed to make the people always believe that the way they're living is the best and they should have pride in their country because they're killing everyone else in an act of superiority. | (page 180) ...at just this moment it was announced that Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia. Oceania was war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally.

6: F is for Feelings | Under Big Brother's watch, none of your true feelings can ever be expressed because of the possibility of being turned into the Thought Police. This is a form of mind control used by Big Brother to ensure no one knows too much about anything.

7: G is for Goldstein | Goldstein wrote The Book that describes how to rebel against Big Brother. The Book is a guideline to Winston because his main goal is to see the ultimate demise of Big Brother. Winston feels trapped, and is struggling to escape.

8: H is for Hangings | Thought criminals get hanged if they know too much about anything. This is one of the ways Big Brother uses propaganda and fear to control his citizens. Oddly enough, many people look forward to attending public hangings. | (page 49) I think it spoils it when they tie their feet together. I like to see them kicking. And above all, at the end, the tongue sticking right out, and blue- a quite bright blue. That's the detail that appeals to me.

9: I is for Immortal | Big Brother isn't a person, he's an object, an idea. He's a symbol of an oppressive government that will live forever. He is truly immortal because he is a god-like figure. He only exists in belief; not in actuality.

10: J is for Julia | Julia is Winston's girlfriend, partner in crime, assistant-Dystopian protagonist, and love of his life. She is also a symbol of a revolution, and she'll stop at nothing to overthrow Big Brother. Julia brings out the rebellious side of Winston and fuels his rage and hatred toward the Party.

11: K is for Katharine | Katharine is Winston's ex-wife. She is an example of someone whose life has been overtaken by Big Brother's influence. She is a cold and dull woman, and Winston should've killed her when he got the chance to as a symbol of rebellion.

12: L is for Lonely | Winston feels as if he's completely alone in Oceania. He doesn't realize that other people also want to destroy Big Brother... until he meets Julia. Together they will attempt to escape from their oppressive and dehumanizing government.

13: M is for Microphones | Everything a citizen of Oceania decides to say is unknowingly recorded on a microphone and can be used against you at any time. This is another way Big Brother uses propaganda to control his society.

14: N is for Newspeak | Newspeak is the newest form of language. It becomes simpler than needed; giving exact opposites of words and more efficient ways of getting your message to someone. Newspeak is also a way for the Party to easily conclude what a rebellious figure is trying to express against Big Brother. | (page 52) You don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?

15: O is for O'Brien | O'Brien is the official who betrayed Winston and tortured him into believing the lies that Big Brother has forced everyone to believe. His goal is also to overthrow Big Brother, but he works cooperatively with the Party anyways.

16: P is for Proletarians | The proletarians are the under-class portion of society that live on the down-low, and no one really expects anything of them. Winston believes the future of the party lies within the proles. If anyone can successfully rebel against Big Brother, it would indefinitely be the proletarians. | (page 71) In reality very little was known about the proles. It was not necessary to know much. So long as they continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance.

17: Q is for Quest for Justice | Winston and Julia will do anything they can to pledge their faith to the Brotherhood. They agree to perform many illegal and dangerous tasks if it means a coup d'etat.

18: R is for Room 101 | Room 101 is a torture chamber in which you meet your worst fear. For most people, that means drowning or being buried alive, but for Winston it means flesh-eating rats. The goal is for victims to warn others about the room; an indirect way of Big Brother controlling people. | (page 260) What is in Room 101? The expression on O'Brien's face did not change. He answered dryly: You know what is in Room 101, Winston. Everyone knows what's in Room 101.

19: S is for Sacrifice | While in Room 101, Winston decides to make the ultimate sacrifice that will save his life. He tells the torturers to inflict his punishment on Julia instead of himself. Big Brother considers this recovery, as one is wishing another to be tortured. | (page 286) Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don't care what you to do her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!

20: T is for Thought Police | The Thought Police is a police-force that monitors your thoughts and emotions to make sure nothing you're thinking is offensive towards Big Brother, and they need to ensure no one knows too much about anything. This is another form of propaganda and mind control. | (page 3) The Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live-- did love, from habit that became instinct-- in the assumption that every sound you make was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

21: U is for Utopian Illusion | Oceania is an illusion of a Utopia because the Ministry of Truth's job is to rewrite false information, which is distributed to the citizens to convince them that Oceania is perfect and Big Brother always knows what he's doing. They think Big Brother is doing what's absolutely best for the country.

22: V is for Vaporize | Any person who knows too much about anything will be vaporized, or removed from society and become an 'unperson'. This is a method of propaganda and blackmail used by Big Brother. | (page 45) Perhaps thirty people personally known to Winston, not counting his parents, had disappeared at one time or another.

23: W is for Winston | Winston is the Dystopian protagonist of 1984. Winston wants nothing but to live to see the overthrow of Big Brother. He feels trapped in his society and is struggling to escape.

24: X is for eXile | Winston's main goal is to remove Big Brother from power and exile him into nonexistence. Big Brother's done too much damage to Winston's life already, so he won't go down without revenge.

25: Y is for Yield | O'Brien's job is to yield others about the Brotherhood, and turn them into the Thought Police for being unfaithful. Winston also yields others about his beliefs toward Big Brother and advertises that they are something that everyone should live by. Winston hopes an army will form so Big Brother can be overthrown.

26: Z is for Zealous | All citizens are expected to act zealously towards Big Brother and never question his ways. Big Brother controls everyone into believing he's the absolute best, and they should thank him for their 'wonderful' lives. This is another method of propaganda.

27: Lauren Hancock is a 14 year old aspiring figure skater who attends Wilmette Junior High School. She currently lives in Wilmette, Illinois with her parents and younger brother. She dreams of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and receiving a degree in criminal justice or forensic science.

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