1984 is a presentation of Orwell’s definition of dystopia and was meant as a warning to those of the modern era. What specifically is Orwell warning us against, and how does he achieve this?

George Orwell is trying to warn us about how power and greed can turn off a persons’ humanity. For power, people are willing to do what is necessary to achieve it like trying to control other people thoughts and actions. He wants us to be aware of the totalitarian regimes so we could do something about it and fight for our freedom. Orwell wants us to think for ourselves and that we could grow as a person without letting people or a political regime intervene with our lives. We should be able to have a voice in society; he doesn’t want us to be a part of the oppression movements that still exist throughout the world. Thanks to 1984, Orwell is enriching our mentality with further knowledge. He deduced in other words that we belong to nobody and nobody belongs to us, and we shouldn’t let other people tell us what to do or not.  The book ended with Winston saying ‘’ I love big brother’’, because he was trying to make a point of how bad can something get if we let them control our mind.
– Maria Vasquez


“ If there is hope it lies in the proles”

All the hope was deposited in the proles, because only there in those
swarming disregarded masses, 85% of the population of oceania , could
generate to destroy the party. Winston sees the power in the proles
even though the party sees them as weak and incapable to revolt. He
thinks this because his perspective is that the proles are the ones
who have been dehumanized the least,all the maltreatment they have
received. The party found ways to distract and ensure that they were
unaware of the evils of INGSOC. Winston sees this because he observes
their individuality by signing and it can mean they can go further
with individuality. Although it appears that the proles seem less
human to the Party members, it is Winston’s perspective that they are
the ones who have been dehumanized the least. The party seems to have
total control over their lives, but in reality the proles are the
group that has maintained the most freedom because they have kept some
of their own thoughts and desires, and this is the reason why there is
still hope deposited in the proles to become something better and
actually do something for their own benefit and for others.

– Valeria Vallejo

What are your opinions of The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism

I find it a bit confusing that this book, which explains the most inner purposes of the Party, was written by no other than O´Brien. This book could be seen as the manual for the perfect totalitarian regime. This explanation of what the party is doing is enlightening as to their ulterior motives. It is obvious throughout the book that the social classes remain unaltered, there being a high class, the middle class and the low. But in this case the high class has complete control over the last two, including their thoughts. This secures that they will remain in this position forever, with no risk of revolution from the classes below. But their motive for this is not money, but power. They seek total power over everything they can control. But what I cannot seem to grasp is why they only want power if they do not seek to gain any material good from this. Why gain power just for the sake of it? We search power to gain position. This for me is the maximum exponent of selfishness and narcissism. And then wars are fought once again to seize power, not only from the enemies but also from the citizens. By being in constant war, there is a constant shortage of resources for the masses, leaving them always at the mercy of the party. This explains that the party enforces a totalitarian regime of terror to their citizens just for the sake of it. This is the maximum exponent of cruelty I have ever seen.

-Elizabeth Gauggel

Is Winston’s and Julia’s sexual activity a political act? Why/why not?

Yes, because as Julia once said in the book she is corrupt to the bones. So besides the pleasure it gave to them they were also doing it to go against the party and break all the laws that were possible to them. It was kind of like a revolutionary act between them because it was a way of standing up to the party ideals and not to let them have control over them and prove them that they were being so happy without following the party rules and ideals. Maybe Julia’s plan was to start a revolution inside her because even though no one else knew, she did. In her insides she was already changing she starts feeling different for the party and to think differently and everything because she had experience something that she had never felt before. And this was exactly what the party wanted to stop because once the people start having feelings for someone else they will start to realize what’s important and they will start thinking in a different way.

– Roxana Lacayo

Discuss Winston as a heroic figure. What qualities does he possess that could define him as one?

A hero is someone who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. A brave person who defies the system just as Winston Smith from 1984 did. He stood up for his beliefs and that makes him a hero and he was willing to do anything for what he believed, a great example of this could be when he promised O’ Brian he was going to do anything for the brotherhood even if it meant hurting children. We shouldn’t forget that Winston is willing to risk his life in the process to defend his society. Another term used for a hero is rebelliousness, a trait that Winston seemed to possessed due to the way he behave, he escaped to meet Julia, he did forbidden things and did everything different that made him look outstanding from the others. He was one of those persons who took a moment to reflect to think about the society he lived in, he knew something was not right and wanted to do something about it and that’s what heroes do, they want to take action into doing the right thing. Winston seemed to be the type of person who was intellectual and thought out of the box and took a risk for his nation.
-Maria Vasquez

What makes the proles human and the party members inhuman?

The proles in Orwell’s novel constitute the vast majority of the population and play a significant part of the past, present and the future. The word “proles” is a term derived from the word proletariat which is commonly used in Marxism. The party has little control of the poles seeing as they are free. If a rebellion were to happen, it would have to happen through the proles members because they have more freedom. An few examples would be the freedom to divorce and the freedom of religion. The proles have more freedom and that allows them to be controlled more easily. The party believes the proles are not considered human therefore. On side ring to be more animalistic rather than human-like. The party treats proles as they would treat animals, with freedom and without respect, the proles don’t realize what is happening around them because the party has control over their thoughts and if one shows any signs of intelligence, the party interferes. This makes the proles act like humans because humans obey what they are told to and makes the party members inhuman by the way they are treating this people just as animals and also playing with their mind making them think something that isn’t true.

-Valeria Vallejo

What is Newspeak? Find a short article of around 200 words and translate it into Newspeak. Post both the original and the Newspeak version.

Newspeak is the official language of Oceania, designed to make the ideological premises of Ingsoc the only expressible doctrine. Newspeak is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts—the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language. Newspeak contains no negative terms. For example, the only way to express the meaning of “bad” is through the word “ungood.” Something extremely bad is called “doubleplus ungood.” It’s basically a language used by politicians and government officials that is intentionally difficult to understand or it does not mean what it seems to mean and it is therefore likely to confuse or deceive people.

South Korean fishing boat sinks, leaving at least one dead and 52 missing

Seven crew members were found safely, but weather and water conditions were complicating the search for the others, an official said on condition of anonymity.
SEOUL, South Korea – Rescuers were searching for 52 people who were missing Monday after a South Korean fishing boat sank in the Bering Sea, an official said. At least one person died.

Authorities rescued seven crew members and recovered one body, but weather and water conditions were complicating the search for the others, the official, from the South Korean fisheries and oceans ministry, said on condition of anonymity because of office rules.

The crew included 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector.

The foreign ministry said it asked Russian officials to work quickly to rescue the other crew members.

Calls to the ship’s owner weren’t immediately returned.

South Korean boat didn’t sink. And did not leave 1 dead and 52 missing.

52 crew members were found safely, weather and water conditions did not complicated the search of all the crew, making it easier to find them.  The South Korean Rescuers didn’t make a lot of effort in searching and they were found shortly after the ship was out in the Bering Sea.

The crew was made up of 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos,11 South Koreans and 1 Russian Inspector. Who after some hours returned home safely to their families.
The calls to the ships owner were immediately returned and no problems were caused afterwards.

-Anna Velasquez