You will believe what we tell you: The year is 1984. George orwell did not exist.

Docent: Lela Creamer

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29 I chose this as the epigraph for this book because in 1984, the truth is constantly rewritten by the government, with 'statistics' saying that because of the government, people were happier, healthier, and smarter than they were before Big Brother, with things that portrayed the government in a less favorable light being ignored or even destroyed. But, as the quote says, the truth exists whether or not people pay attention to it.
Connection: This is the head of Caligula, an infamous Roman dictator. He was infamous for being insane, for torturing any who opposed to him, and for doing crazy things on a whim. This mirrors Big Brother in 1984 because of Big Brother's treatment of dissenters, as well as how the media and the entire history of Oceania was capable of changing in a day.
This picture represents how dissenters were 'vaporized'-- taken away in the middle of the night and never seen again. Perhaps most frightening of all, it was often said that the dissenter never existed. A Day In The Life
Universal Themes: Conformity, Love These two themes of the book seem to be at odds with one another. By conforming to Big Brother, a citizen loses the ability to really love anything. The opposite is also true-- by loving something, you stop conforming to Big Brother. And, in this book, Winston's love for Julia is his greatest act of defiance.
Mandala: The main colors of my mandala are black (representing fear, evil, and corruption), blue (representing cold order), red (representing Winston's fire, passion, anger, and love, as well as the hate channeled by the Party), yellow (representing deceit and cowardice), purple (representing the truth), grey (representing plainness and old age), and white (representing cult-like reverence). This image represents the Anti-Sex sash that Julia wears, something that later turns out to just be something she wore to fool Big Brother.
This picture symbolizes doublethink, an important concept in the novel. The idea of doublethink is most easily illustrated though this quote: "WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." In essence, doublethink is the practice of accepting two different ideals as correct, without one interfering with another. The man with two heads shows this, both faces blended inextricably with the other.
Note the title, the soldier, and the burning city in the background. Historical Setting: There are two settings that influence the book-- where the book takes place and what was going on when Orwell wrote it. 1984 takes place in Oceania, one of three major world powers. Each of them is constantly at war with the others, and the war propaganda has become an enormous part of life. When Orwell was writing this, he witnessed the war, the propaganda, and the treatment of those who did not agree with what his country was doing. This likely influenced how he portrayed Oceania.
History was constantly being rewritten-- and all the old records were destroyed, making this a powerful symbol. The empty chair symbolizes all the people who were taken away, as well.
Note the carefully blank expression. It also looks like a mug shot, which ties into the story because in 1984, Winston is a thought criminal (someone who betrays the Party with their thoughts). Tone: pessimistic, cynical This is chiefly evidenced by the book's ending-- Big Brother finally wins, and Winston is forced to give up even his love for Julia. Winston is also highly cynical of Big Brother, pulling apart the lies he had been fed his whole life in the search for truth.
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