1984 Project/Significant Events

Rachel, Maci, Koa, Jaden

Event # 1 - Winstons Writes his first Diary entry

1.The first most important event in my perspective is when Winston writes his first diary entry. I think this is important because it is his first act of rebellion against the government and it is what sets the tone for the story. By writing in this diary knowing that the possibility of him being vaporized for it also develops his character very well in the beginning because it shows he is someone like an underdog, who wants to stop the government from doing these things to the people, he sees how desperate the need for change is and his first diary entry represents this whole message.


Quote: "He had given a quick glance up and down the street and then had slipped inside and bought the book for two dollars fifty. At the time he was not conscious of wanting it for any particular purpose. He had carried it guiltily home in his briefcase. Even with nothing written in it, it was a compromising possession" (1.1.13).


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Event #2- Two minutes of hate

2. The second would most likely be the two minutes of hate, it is the first time he experiences this. While he is watching the screen he sees the image flash of Goldstein, and this is when Winston really understands the lengths the government is willing to go through in order the keep their ropes on the people. This is when Winston really sees what the government does to “liars.”


Quote: "The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic."


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Event #3- Winston meets Julia

3. I think the third is when Winston meets Julia. At first he has an intensity of hatred for her which is ironic when he falls in love with the girl overnight, in the story I think that Julia represents fear. I believe this because Winston always sees her as unpredictable he never truly understands her and he is surprised by her every time so the moment that they meet only advances not only the story but the character that Winston is.


Quote: "It was something in your face...As soon as I saw you I knew you were against them" (p. 128).


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Event #4- Intimacy in the field

4. The fourth is when Julia and Winston have intimacy in the field. This is important because it is his second bold act against the government and afterwards he learns from her as they speak that there are other people like him, he sees that he is not the only one who Dillard big brother and this gives his character hope and a motive which only advances the story even further as his character continues to unravel through each event.


Quote: "Have you done this before?""Of course. Hundreds of times

well scores of times anyway.""With Party members?""Yes, always with Party members" (2.2.48-51).


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Event #5- Rent

5. The fifth significant event is when Winston and Julia rent the building above Mr. Charringtons antique shop. They decide to rent this particular room as a place to meet. This is important because this is a sign of rebellion as well as another thought crime. They should not be together and there is a chance they could get caught.


Quote: "Of all the crimes that a party member could commit , this one was the least possible to conceal" (Pg.137).


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Event #6- Fears

6.The sixth event I would say is when he and Julia discuss their fears. This is very important because it is them discussing their feelings, that they are scared of things besides what the government tells them to be scared of. This is also important for two other reasons, one is the vulnerability in the moment they have talking about their fears, and the second is because this moment foreshadows to the end of the book making this moment even more relevant and important.


Quote: “It’s nothing, I don’t like rats, that’s all.”


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Event #7- Traveling to O'Briens

7. This event is very significant because Julia and Winston decide to go to O'Briens apartment to meet with him. While they are at his apartment Julia and Winston confess a little bit to Obrien. Little do they know that O'Brien is actually apart of the thought police but he pretends hes not. This is important because Winston has committed many thought crimes and he thinks of O'Brien as a partner and tells him a lot about himself.


Quote: "It had been a rash act to come here at all, and sheer folly to arrive together; though it was true that they had come by different routes and only met on Obriens doorstep" (pg.167).


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Event #8- Getting caught

8. Julia and Winston are in the room above Mr. Charringtons antique shop. As they are in the room they acknowledge that sooner or later they will both get caught for their thought crimes. They also didn't realize there was a telescreen behind a picture which spies on people to see if there committing any crimes or breaking the rules. They are caught are then caught. They also found out that Mr. Charrington is part of the thought police as well.


Quote: " It occurred to Winston that for the first time in his life he was looking, with knowledge, at a member of the thought police" ( pg. 224).


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Event #9- The cell

9. Winston wakes up in a cell. This is significant because this part of his punishment for committing thought crime. As he is in the cell, O'Brien appears as well. O'Brien is part of the party and is beating up Winston in the cell. This is extremely because O'Brien has complete control over Winston. Winston is believing what ever O'Brien says so he doesn't get beat up even more.


Quote: " The beatings grew less frequent, and became mainly a threat, a horror to which he could be sent back at any moment when his answers were unsatisfactory" (pg. 241).


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Event #10- Room 101

10. This event is extremely significant because Winston's gets sent to room 101. Room 101 is a room that has an individuals worst fear which Winston's is rats. This is so important because this is his main fear and he also betrays Julia as O'Brien is putting a cage of rats on his head. He shouldn't have betrayed Julia because they were in love with each other and he cared about her.


Quote: " The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world" (pg.283).


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