First I would like to say that the whole concept of the ministry of love is juxtaposition. It is called the ministry of LOVE, which is supposed to be all happy, wonderful, and beautiful things, but really it is the place that sets up the marriages, all carefully arranged so that they are loveless and cold, and tortures those who commit crimes against their set-ups (winston).
Again, history comes up. I was thinking about the book and wondering: how is it possible to overthrow Big Brother and change life as they know it, if they don’t know their history? The best case scenario would be if the government was secretly keeping accurate documentation of history, but really that would not happen in this society. So how are these people going to remember enough to 1) unite everyone to fight against the current power. 2) know what to do if they can succeed in overthrowing Big Brother. I mean, no one will have any idea what to do. 3) As they say, history repeats itself. And no one will be able to stop any of the horrible things that have already happened from happening, which is extremely scary. Nobody wants another Hitler.
The question I had before, about whether or not the telescreens read minds, has been answered. On page 138, Winston says, “With all their cleverness [Big Brother] had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking” (Orwell 138). This means that telescreens only observe people, watching out for their ticks, muttering to themselves, or any shady business at all.
A part of the second section that stood out to me was that Julia (Winston’s new “special friend”) was completely blind to the entire importance of History, to the point of trying to convince Winston it wasn’t important as well. She was completely unbudging on her ideas, like, for instance, that when Winston told Julia that airplanes had existed before the revolution, and the Party (Big Brother) had lied about inventing them, she didn’t care one bit. This strikes me as important because Winston so clearly sees the value of history, and actively seeks it out, while Julia, still a very liberal minded person, does not care one bit, which is most likely her greatest flaw.
It is clear in this novel, like Orwell’s other novels, that he has a point to make, and he makes it, in the most insightful and entertaining ways, yet the point is still blatantly obvious. In this novel, Orwell is communicating the issues of ignorance and compliancy. He, like Animal Farm, is relating his background (communist Russia) to his writing. He does this so much, his novels are nearly public service announcements, simply played up and set to a plot.