Important Quotes of “1984” by George Orwell Analysis

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Quotes 1984 Questioning Reality and significance in life “Even the eyes from the coins pursued you” “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull” “Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death” – Winston cannot communicate with the future and knows that he will be vaporised, so he is dead. “Was he then alone in the possession of the memory? ” “Always in your stomach and in your skin there was a sort of protest, a feeling that you had been cheated of something that you had the right to” – NO memory = NO comparison & proof of cheating “Your worst enemy was your nervous system” aim of the Party was … to prevent… forming loyalties which it might not be able to control” “our duty to the Party” = sex “His reason told him there must be exceptions, but his heart did not believe it” “The urge to shout out those filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever” “The only evidence to the contrary was the mute protest in your own bones” “Not a word of it could ever be proved or disproved” “Everything faded into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain” “Jones, Aaronson, Rutherford … were … elics of the ancient world” “They were corpses waiting to be sent back to the grave” “it was a fragment of the abolished past” “Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows. ” ” you had the illusion of actually hearing the bells” Journey of hope “If there is hope, it lies in the proles” “Until they become conscious, they can never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” “Proles and animals are free” “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness” – Winston thinks it’s the future, but it’s minilove.

Symbolises the civility of O’Brien. “He had imagined her like a fool like all the rest of them,, her head stuffed with lies and hatred, her belly full of ice” “For a week after this, life was like a restless dream” “I wanted to rape you and then murder you afterwards” Chocolate brought back some memory which “he would have liked to undo but could not” Exploration of nature, being hidden from the regime. Realisation of “Golden Country”. Bird with “no mate, no rival was watching it”. “a whole civilisation seemed to be annhilated” – Julia’s gesture “Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory” She had a practical cunning which Winston lacked” “Except where it touched upon her own life, she had no interest in Party doctrine” “But the woman sang so tunefully as to turn the dreadful rubbish into an almost pleasant sound” “She was far more acute than Winston” but “the difference between truth and falsehood did not seem important to her” Winston finally remembers his past. His dreams about his mother and sister became clear during Part II “Proles… were not loyal to a party or a country or an idea, they loyal to one another” – Julia represented a prole who is aware of politics but not interested in change/revolution. “They make you say anything, but they can’t make you believe it” – Realisation of the importance of their love compared to their fate “Crimestop includes power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction” = Julia’s boredom “If you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad” “Sanity is not statistical” In the face of pain, there are no heroes” “I am taking trouble with you Winston” “It was a perfect conversion, a textbook case” “Power is not a means, it is an end” “The weariness of a cell is the vigour of the organism” “He seemed to have lost the power of intellectual effort, now that the stimulus of pain is gone” “Merely to be alone… was satisfying” “Whatever happens in all minds, truly happens” = Questioning of his own reality. Control of reality using doublethink “Sanity was statistical.

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It was merely a question of learning to think as they thought” “It is only emotionally that you have failed to make progress” “It is merely an act of instinct which cannot be disobeyed” = Giving up to one’s greatest fear has nothing to do with “courage or cowardice”. “You want it to happen to others. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care is about yourself” “He pushed out the picture out of his mind. It was a false memory”

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