Today Mr.Rosenberg filled in for Mrs.Smith! Class began with the announcements. All we did today was a fishbowl on pages 69-117 in 1984. Some of the questions our discussion hit were:
- Would establishing restrictions help anything in the society? In the government?
- When the thought police have people just "disappear", why are they so brutal to the people when know one knows what is happening? The government isn't making a statement because the people don't know what is going on, so what is the point?
- Does the government make people start rumors to scare the citizens?
- The names of the protagonist are generic, but not common...why? How does it affect the novel and the readers view and connection towards it?
- Are outside people doing the government's dirty work?
- How does having one specific government icon affect the plot?
- How did the three mantras, "War is Peace," "Freedom is Slavery," and "Ignorance is Strength" affect both the people and the party members? The first two are natural opposites, but what about the third one? What is it supposed to mean?
The only homework we have for the night is beginning to read pages 117 - 147 in our books. Be prepared for a discussion on Tuesday!