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Team 3's 1984 essay

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Tony Aguayo

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of Team 3's 1984 essay

In a novel or play that you have studied, identify a character who outwardly conforms while questioning inwardly. Then write an essay in which you analyze how this tension between outward conformity and inward questioning contributes to the meaning of the work. Avoid mere plot summary.
Breakdown of prompt:
Who is a character that outwardly conforms while inwardly questioning?
How does the tension between conformity and questioning contribute to the theme?

Prompt
Thesis
Often times, people conform with the norms of society while inwardly questioning those same norms.
In
1984
, George Orwell characterizes Winston as a man who outwardly conforms while inwardly questioning. The action of outwardly conforming and inwardly questioning relates to the theme of the danger of totalitarianism.
Body Paragraph

In the beginning of the novel, Winston outwardly conforms with the expectations of society.

For example, Winston works in the Ministry of Truth (3-4).

Drawing from Goldstein's book later on, the reader finds out that members of the Party are accepted through examinations (208). This leads to the conclusion that Winston had to test his way into the Party, and it makes him appear loyal to the Party.
Additionally, Winston makes a conscious effort to maintain a straight face in order to fit in with the expectations of society.

This demonstrates that Winston is simply trying to survive in the society he lives in, even if he has to suppress his emotions.
Furthermore, Winston participates in Hate Week (180).

At this point, Winston is already harboring controversial thoughts according to the Party. The fact that he participates in Hate Week illustrates that he is attempting to cover up his rebellious streak.
Orwell writes this as an allusion to the hatred directed towards the Jewish and various other peoples during the Holocaust.
Outline
Tony Aguayo, Anissa Guebara,Sonia Franklin
Team 3's 1984 essay
Intro: Totalitarianism, Conflicting Thoughts
Outwardly Conforming
Works
for
ministry
Maintains
a
blank
expression
Participates
in
hate
week
Inwardly
Questioning
Writing
in
the
diary
Being
with
Julia
Remembering
past
memories
Restatement of Thesis

Explanations

Why we chose Winston:

He is the main character who exhibits two major parts of his personality:conformity and questioning.

Why we chose the theme:

The act of conforming and secretly questioning relates to the dangers of totalitarian government.
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