Significant Quotes in “1984″
May 14, 2011 Leave a comment
“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centemeters inside your skull” (Orwell 26).
-this quote describes how strict the Oceania society is, and how much control the government has over its people.
“Now that he had recognized himself as a dead man, it became important to stay alive as long as possible” (Orwell 27).
-Winston realizes that the thought police are after him and it is his sole objective is to keep away from them. This continues to explain how controlling the Oceanian government is.
“Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death” (Orwell 27).
-this explains how the Oceanin legal system works: the is no legal sytem. If you are accused of thought crime, you will be vaporized without a trial.
“He had an almost overwhelming temptation to shout a string of of filthy words at the top of his voice” (Orwell 55).
-the government control has taken its toll on Winston. He feels the urge to revolt because of all the bottled up emotions he has.
“Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom” (Orwell 56).
-Orwell explains how Winston’s bottled up emotions are getting the best of him. Any slight change in his body language could reveal that he had been writing illegally.
“The aim of the party was not merely to prevent men and women from forming loyalties which it might not be able to control” (Orwell 57).
-Orwell describes that the ultimate goal of men and women is to reproduce only for the sake of the Party, not for personal benefit. Winston is complaing about the fact that sex is banned in Oceania.
“Winston could not definitely remember a time when his country was not at war, but it was evident that there had been a fairly long interval of peace during his childhood…”(Orwell 30).
-This explains that at one time war was not always the sole objective of the government. Orwell may be inferring that something changed in the period of time between Winston’s childhood and adulthood.
”Since about that time, war had been continuous, though strictly speaking it has not always been the same war” (Orwell 31).
-This further demonstrates the true unrest is Oceania. Orwell uses this quote to indirectly say that Oceania had more than one enemy and that war was a priority for the government.
“Winston loathed this exercise, which sent shooting pains all the way from his heels to his buttocks and often ended in another coughing fit” (Orwell 33).
-Orwell uses this to exaggerate the control of the Oceanian government. Even exercise is regulated and required!
“With the deep, unconscious sigh, which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day’s work started…”(Orwell 34).
-This shows Winston’s hatred for work. Though the telescreen could see his every move, Winston did not care. He hated work that much.