Watch 1984 using the instructions for ‘while watching’. (It should be the version with John Hunt and filmed in 1984)
Questions to consider while you watch. (Take notes)
What is most significant about Winton’s, Julia’s and O’Brains characters?
How do you react to the starting scene and the phrase ”Who controls the past controls the future”?
What is this communal mass outpouring of emotion at the start of the film?
What is the significance of (the sign of) the ’crossed arms’?
What is room 101?
What or who is Big Brother? Is he/it a real person?
What is the role of war? In this film?
How is technology used by the party?
Winston lives in Oceania, what is the rest of the world like?
What is the function of the symbols Winston’s paperweight, the St. Clement’s Church picture and the red armed woman and the “the place where there is no darkness.”
Winston’s public confession. Does he believe what he is saying? Is he a broken man?
And what about the relationship between Jula and Winston, how would you describe its different stages?
An most important, what is the role of language? (double think, newspeak)
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