1984 DYSTOPIAN FICTION - 6th Period

Jay An, Robby Reyes, Rohitha Maganti, Vishnu Kunadharaju

Trait 1 (A Hierarchy)

"The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where there are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have aim... is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal"(Orwell 166).

"Between the two branches of the Party there is a certain amount of exchange, but only so much as will ensure that weaklings are excluded from the Inner Party and that ambitious members of the Outer Party are made harmless by allowing them to rise"(Orwell 72).

Elysium. Columbia, 2013. Film.

Trait 2 (State Propaganda)

"They were dragging the chairs out of the cubicles and grouping them in the center of the hall, opposite the big telescreen, in preparation of the Two Minutes Hate"(Orwell 12).

"The Hate had started...As usual, the face of Emmanuel Goldstein, the Enemy of the People, had flashed onto the screen. There were hisses here and there among the audience...Goldstein was the renegade and backslider who... had been one of the leading figures of the Party, almost on the level of Big Brother himself."(Orwell 12).

Valle, Orvelin. We Are the Mighty. Digital image. North Korean Propaganda. N.p., 23 June 2015. Web. 3 Sept. 2015.

Words: For the 50th anniversary of republic of people of Josun, we will have plenty of fruits, meats, and rices.

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Trait 3 (Strict Conformity)

"...a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in 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" (Orwell 124).

"He could not help feeling a twinge of panic. It was absurd, since the writing of those particular words was not more dangerous than the initial act of opening the diary; but for a moment he was tempted to tear out the spoiled pages and abandon the enterprise altogether. But he did not do so, however, because he knew that it was useless... The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed... the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, the called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever" (Orwell 19).

The Giver. The Weinstein Company, 2013. Film.

Trait 4( A fictional state figurehead that people worship fanatically through a vast personality cult.)

passage: “At this moment the entire group of people broke into a deep, slow, rhythmical chant of ‘B-B! . . . B-B!’- over and over again, very slowly, with a long pause between the first ‘B’ and the second - a heavy, murmurous sound, somehow curiously savage, in the background of which one seemed to hear the stamp of naked feet and the throbbing of tom-toms. For perhaps as much as thirty seconds they kept it up. It was a refrain that was often heard in moments of overwhelming emotion. Partly it was a sort of hymn to the wisdom and majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise" (Orwell 27).

Muir, John Kenneth. "John Kenneth Muir's Reflections on Cult Movies and Classic TV." : The Five Most De-Humanizing Rituals in 1970s Dystopian Cinema. Google Blog, 4 Sept. 2015. Web. 04 Sept. 2015.

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Trait 5 ( A fear or disgust of the world outside the state)

Passage: "You’re a Eurasian spy! I’ll shoot you, I’ll vaporize you, I’ll send you to the salt mines!’" (Orwell 38).

"World War I Propaganda Posters." Destroy This Mad Brute -. Learn NC, n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2015.

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Trait 6 ( traditional view of life)

"Between you and me, the antique trade's just about finished. No demand any longer, and no stock either. Furniture, china, glass it's all been broken up by degrees.. I haven't seen a brass candlestick in years" (Orwell 81).

Image: Witch Burning

Fehi, Steve. "Condemned Witches Burning in St. Peter's Port." Digital image. Unconditional Acceptance. The New Existentialists, 28 July 2015. Web. 04 Sept. 2015.

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Trait 7 (Penal System)

Passage: "…practices which had been long abandoned, in some cases for hundreds of years - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions, the use of hostages, and the deportation of whole populations - not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive" (Orwell 343).

Film Clip:

Equilibrium. Dir. Kurt Simmer. Perf. Christian Bale and Sean Bean. 2002. YouTube. 10 Oct. 2011. Web. 2 Sept. 2015. <http://youtu.be/59ZcTCijizI>.

Trait 8 (Constant Surveillance)

Passage: "The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time" (Orwell 5).

Why Did Nazis Burn Thousands Of Books? YouTube. Seeker Daily, 13 Aug. 2015. Web. 2 Sept. 2015. <http://youtu.be/4BQUiJxLINo>.

Trait 9 (Banishment of the natural world from daily life)

Passage: "She had no memories of anything before the early sixties and the only person she had ever known who talked frequently of the days before the Revolution was a grandfather who had disappeared when she was eight" (Orwell 216).


Forget NSA Surveillance - Police Are Keeping Tabs On You Too. N.d. YouTube. AJ+, 9 June 2015. Web. 3 Sept. 2015.

Trait 10 (a back story of a natural disaster, war, revolution, uprising, spike in overpopulation or some)

Passage: "And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and willow herb straggled over the heaps of rubble; and the places where the bombs had cleared a larger patch and there had sprung up sordid colonies of wooden dwellings like chicken houses?" (Orwell 7).

Service, Tom. "Music in the post war world." The Guardian. The Guardian, 4 Oct.2013. Web 3 Sept.2015

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Trait 11(a standard of living among the lower and middle class that is general poorer than in contemporary society)

Passages: "There always these vista of rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with balks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging" (Orwell 7).

"The Proles are not human beings" (Orwell 88).

Townsend, John Converse. "A Son of Slaves Still Fights For Human Rights." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 5 Dec. 2012. Web. 03 Sept. 2015.

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Trait 12(a protagonist who questions the society)

Passage: "How could you tell how much of it was lies? 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 " (Orwell 123).

Oblivion. Dir. Joseph Kosinski. Perf. Tom Cruise. Universal Pictures, 2013.