@Ashley I think the same concept of religion is implied in this boo. There's a certain degree of so called "peer pressure" that goes along with religion. Sally spends every sunday at church so she's a good person, etc. It puts pressure on citizens to fully dedicate themselves to a god or a person, in this case Big Brother. It quickly gets out of hand as the pressure only spirals downward when people fully devote themselves to Big Brother.
@Piper I think Orwell wants to indicate that freedom is simply the ability to speak the truth openly, because once truth is taken away, how do you ever voice the issue of inequality?
The connection I see between first semester's content and 1984, is a cause and effect relationship. The societal structure of 1984 was built around human flaw: jealousy, revenge, and love. As we learned first semester, the tendencies of humans can cause horrible conflicts, so the governmental system in this book is to avoid that; though we clearly see it caused other problems.
@Maren I think they use the rocket bombs to instill fear in the population. As long as people are scared, they will seek protection in authority, and remain loyal to Big Brother.
@Ashley I think that to the citizens, Big Brother is like a god. He is their religion. To the Proles, however, I don't think Big Brother means all that much. They don't worship him, or really care about his laws.@Spencer I think Big Brother is both an idea and a person. Everything Big Brother does, and the name Big Brother, are just an illusion. There has to be a person behind it, though. @Mggie I think that Winston is not actually experiencing true love. Everyone has been brainwashed to think that love and effection are bad. Even among children and their parents, the children will turn in their own parent, and the parents are terrified of their children.@Piper I think Winston is saying that freedom is the freedom to think and say that 2 and 2 make four. If you were made to beleive that 2 and 2 made 5, and you could not say or think otherwose, you would never be free.@Maren yes, I think that the Party uses such destructive means to scare them. The Party would not want a renellion, so they want to make sure that nobody has the will to fight.@Chantell I don't think that anybody in that society has the capability of true love. They are all brainwashed into thinking it is bad.
I think our society is already very very similar to 1984. We might think were distant from this utopian concept but when you really think about it, how much freedom do we have? While equality isn't very important in our society, control is. Between no trespassing areas, restricted content in school, and filtered news programs. Our minds and bodies are kept in fences put in place by the government.
I think feelings and emotions still exist in 1984, but they are suppressed. Information and manipulation is constantly shoved down citizen's throats, all other thoughts or desires are sedated by the constant surge of control.