1984 Dialectical Journals and Quotes Explained

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Dialectical Journals: 1989 By: George Orwell

"War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength" pg. 14
They are the Party slogans, and are written in big letters on the white pyramid of the Ministry of Truth.

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
The people controlling the present control everything and can ultimately change the past and, therefore; the future. Big brother controls the present. The slogan is an example of the Party's technique of using false history to deteriorate the psychological independence of its people.

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four."
This quote adds to the motif/ theme about psychological freedom and independence.

"In the
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When the Party speaker suddenly changes the nation he refers to as an enemy in the middle of his speech, the crowds accepts it immediately, and are ashamed to find that they have the wrong rally signs. In the same way, people are able to accept the Party ministries' names, though they disagree with their functions

"The girl with dark hair was coming toward him across the field. With what seemed a single movement she tore off her clothes and flung them disdainfully aside. Her body was white and smooth." pg. 27
Sexual repression theme: this is Winston's dream- the only safe place for independent thought. Citizens of Oceania are not allowed to have sexual pleasure; only reproduction of more Party members. He is rebelling- which is against the law and he can be caught by the thought police for having these thoughts.

"BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU"
Symbol of Big Brother: A totalitarian government. he is a reassurance to most people (his name suggests his ability to protect), but he is also an open threat (one cannot escape his watch). Big Brother also symbolizes the vagueness with which the higher ranks of the Party present themselves—its impossible to know who rules Oceania, what life is like for the rulers, or why they act the way they do.

The Glass Paperweight and St. Clement's Church-symbol: Winston buys a paperweight in an antique store in the prole district that comes to symbolize his attempt to reconnect with the past. Symbolically, when the Thought Police arrest