Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"Do you understand that even if he survives, it may be as a different person? We may be obligated to give him a new identity. His face, his movements, the shape of hands, the color of his hair- even his voice would be different. And you yourself might have become a different person. Our surgeons can alter people beyond recognition. Sometimes we even amputate a limb" 
This was when O'Brien was talking to Winston and Julia about them never being able to see each other again if they had to. We talked about this a little in class, but it basically meant that the party was willing to do whatever it took to change a person so they weren't who they used to be. It was one of my favorite passages because it really stood out and I just wondered how fitting this could be to the world we live in today. Like how extreme people can really go to hide who they used to be.

"Sometimes," she said, "they threaten you with something- something you cant stand up to, can't even think about. And then you say, 'Don't do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so-and-so.' And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn't really mean it. But that isn't true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there's no other way of saving yourself and you're quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don't give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself."
This quote by Julia at the end of the book was a real eye-opener. During the middle of the book and in the other passage I chose, you never would have guessed that this is how the book would end and Winston and Julia would actually turn against each other to save themselves. It's really sad how much they loved each other and would've done anything to stay together but when it came down to saving themselves they were selfish.

I think Orwell might have intended this book to be read as a warning but I read it has a parable. I think plenty of the things that he wrote about were meant to warn people but I feel there were also just lessons, like the importance of privacy and power of the government.

An issue that seems to be happening in the real world is the loss of knowledge of history. People don't generally care about what happened in the past they only care about what is happening and what is going to happen in the future. I think that technology is a leading factor in why people really aren't into history. History from hundreds of years ago isn't easily accessible because of how it was kept and therefore it requires effort to look up. I think this is why people really don't care much about history unless they absolutley  have to know it for their career or they are actually interested.

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