I think the children that turned their parents in were considered child heroes because the government praises the division between people they create. It's better to have people turn on each other, than the government. It's the perfect scheme to target the kids because they're easily moldable and can be praised early for turning on their parents.
@joise, I think it's the same concept as when you see a homeless man in the street, but don't want to give money, or don't have any. You simply prevent yourself from thinking about it, and look away. The citizens from 1984 might just prevent their minds form straying into the alleys guarded by the thought police.
@Spencer, Im sure Orwell put some self image within the book. He probably found himself to feel similarly to Winston, suppressed by powerful government. In a time when democracy was fighting against totalitarianism, and choice was being eliminated, he probably feared his freedom could be taken as well.
@Collin, Technology is used as a chew toy, a distraction to the people. If they can't have the right to think, they can put all of their mind power and energy into being enveloped in technology. Technology also makes it possible for Big Brother to keep everyone in check
@Charlotte I think he means that the ones who refuse to see things as they are, and remained detached from reality, believing everything they're told will escape the governments punishment. The ones that can't see things for what Big Brother makes them to be will struggle immensely to conform.
@Josh I actually just recently looked over my social media, and the whole concept of it in general. My instagram in particular was just a mirage. It portrays a life I don't actually have, pinpointing only the positive highlights of my life. Although an instance as small as this isn't dangerous, I'm sure with the millions of social media users, this small distortion intensely alters people's perspectives.
@Josie They do what they are told to, without a question. It leaves them to be able to live without living in a way.
@Steve Winston seems to believe himself as a good judge of character, and up until this point, everyone had the same look in their eyes.
@Kaily I think the Party is trying to keep the morals up, like the "Victory Gardens" in World War 2.
@Zack Utopia in Greek literally translates to "No Place" and to us, 1984 seems like a dystopian novel, but they go hand in hand, Utopia for some, Dystopia for others.
@Spencer The main character tends to share traits with their creator, so yes, Orwell is in everyone of his characters.
@Sage The more you are exposed to an idea, the more you consider it as truth.