Get in the mind-set of Winston Smith. Make a list of the strangest things you have seen since The Party came into power.

Things may have been normal for any person belonging to the party but
strange for me. The first thing I see at the beginning of the book is
that while doing my morning exercise I thinks of the relationship of
Oceania with Eurasia and Eastasia. I realize that the party History
tells that Oceania had been always enemies with Eurasia and in
alliance with Eastasia but that’s not true. Another strange thing i
thought since been in the party was the fact that Big Brother appear
in 1930 even though he was not ever heard since 1960. Also Winston
starts remembering the time were he caught the party lying in the
1960s. Some things might be strange and we don’t understand it but as
well as everyone said the book was a type of warning for us. A warning
to take action and to do something about it even though there are many
manipulations in the world that might damage us.

-Valeria Vallejo

During his final encounter with O’Brien, Winston argues that, if all else fails, the inherent nature of the individual, the “spirit of man”, is strong enough to undermine a society such as that created by The Party. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Is Winston’s belief applicable to the world we live in today? Can you cite examples in our own recent history that support or dismiss Winston’s belief in the resiliency and righteousness of the human spirit?

I most certainly agree with Winston. As long the human spirit is alive there is absolutely no regime that can stop us from being who we are. But the ultimate goal of the party is to eliminate this flame inside our souls. This is why they are successful in staying in power, because there are no martyrs to idolize. This belief is certainly applicable today. I think this principle is alive every single day when people around the world say no to abuses of all kinds. This belief is what has kept humanity in constant evolution. Without this spirit we would all be machine like bodies, as in 1984, that aim for nothing more than what they are supposed to be. This spirit is what makes us achieve greatness. Malala Yousafzai is the living example of this. Her beliefs alone have marked a complete generation. She stood up for her thoughts and defeated the bariors of oppression. So Winston is correct, no matter how harsh or extreme the regimes might be, as long as the human spirit remains intact, there is always a way to defeat them.

-Elizabeth Gauggel

“Within 200 yards of the apartment in which Orwell wrote 1984, there are now 32 security cameras.” In what ways has Orwell’s vision of a dystopian future come true? 

-Orwell’s vision of a dystopian has come true. The government spies on everyone, which at the end the famous phrase comes to be true: “… Freedom is slavery”
Till now in modern days we are still being spied on by the government. And because of the advance of technology it can help for good things or even for bad things. It can be like an advantage because we can communicate with people even if we are far away from them. We can share things with anyone that we want, and we can send whatever we want to. But it can also be a disadvantage for the population, because if the government has the power of watching and listening everything we do. We can now even be tracked with a GPS by our phones, and the advance of technology can really affect our lives even though we think it improves it or makes it better. So basically at the end we are still being slaves of our own nation, and we are blind to many facts that affect our freedom, which is the most important thing in our lives that needs to be respected.
-Anna Velasquez