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1984 Alphabet Book
Transcript of 1984 Alphabet Book
"There were even organizations
such as the Junior Anti-Sex League, which
advocated complete celibacy for both sexes."
"Even from the coin the eyes pursued you…
Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you." (Orwell, 18)
"We believe that there is some kind of secret organization working against the Party, and
that you are involved in it. We want to join it
and work for it. We are enemies of the Party."
"From the age of uniformity,
from the age of solitude,
from the age of Big Brother,
from the age of doublethink -- greetings !"
'Want to see the hanging ! Want to see the hanging!'
chanted the little girl, still capering round. (16)
"There was, of course, no admission that any change had taken place. Merely it became known, with extreme suddenness and everywhere at once, that Eastasia and
not Eurasia was the enemy." (Orwell, 126)
"And the Records Department, after all, was itself only a single branch of the Ministry of Truth, whose primary job was not to reconstruct the past but to supply
the citizens of Oceania with every conceivable kind of information." (Orwell, 29)
"Nearly all children nowadays were horrible….they were
systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them
no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party." (Orwell, 17)
"WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH"
"The great purges involving thousands of people, with
public trials of traitors and thought-criminals who made abject confession of their crimes
and were afterwards executed" (Orwell, 31)
"Stupidity was as
necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain"
"The proles, it suddenly occurred to him, had
remained in this condition. They were not loyal to a party or a country or an idea, they were loyal to one another." (Orwell, 115)
"It was therefore
necessary to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brother's speech, in such a way as to make
him predict the thing that had actually happened."
"She believed, for instance, having
learnt it at school, that the Party had
invented aeroplanes." (Orwell, 107)
"..the same slogans were inscribed ..
On coins, on stamps, on the covers of books, on banners, on posters, and on the wrappings of a cigarette Packet -
- everywhere. " (Orwell, 18)
"All that they did was to keep alive in him the belief, or hope, that others besides himself were the enemies of the Party."
"..the proles were natural inferiors who must be kept in subjection, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules."
"They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve … they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part, at sixty."
"The picture had fallen to the floor uncovering the telescreen behind it. 'Now they can see us,' said Julia.
' Now we can see you,' said the voice. (Orwell, 154)
"If you have ever cherished any dreams of violent insurrection, you must abandon them. There is no way in which the Party can be overthrown."
"Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The
Party does not like such people." (Orwell, 37)
"..each would still be a self-contained
universe, freed for ever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that
was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war." (Orwell, 139)
"All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners,
traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals."
"Not merely the love of one person but
the animal instinct, the simple undifferentiated desire." (Orwell, 87)
"The general hatred of Eurasia had
boiled up into such delirium that if the crowd could have got their hands on the
2,000 Eurasian war-criminals who were to be publicly hanged on the last day of the proceedings, they would unquestionably have torn them to pieces."
"No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer." (Orwell, 188)
By Riley Smith