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New Island of 1984

Yeah, it's a synthesis of "Brave New World", "1984" AND "The Island".
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Rasna Paricman

on 3 May 2010

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Transcript of New Island of 1984

Good Evening
And Welcome To The 2010 Literacy Awards Setting
Prosperity Poverty “floodlight[s]…[and]lovely pink glass tower[s]” (103) “even at the best of time…the lifts seldom work, and…the electric current…cut off during the daylight hours” (3) Convenience Difficulty “Eight different scents and eau-de-Cologne were laid on in little taps over the washbasin” (31) “Almost deserted stretch of country where an atomic bomb had fallen thirty years earlier” (134) Gravitas Levity “Winston’s heart sank. That was doublethink. He had a feeling of deadly helplessness” (259) “The scent organ was playing a delightful refreshing Herbal Capriccio—rippling arpeggios of thyme and lavender, of rosemary, basil, myrtle, tarragon; a series of daring modulations through the spice keys into ambergris; and a slow return through sandalwood, camphor, cedar and new-mown hay”(145) Destruction of Education Government Promotions Entertainment “committees engaged in organising community hikes, spontaneous demonstrations, saving campaigns and voluntary activities generally.” (24) “Lenina was genuinely astonished. ‘But I thought it was lovely’” (147) “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words” (54) “The greatest moralizing and socializing force of all time” (23) Community “after the processions, the shouting, the singing, the banners, the posters, the films, the waxworks, the rolling of drums and the squealing of trumpets, the tramp of marching feet, the grinding of the caterpillars of tanks, the roar of massed planes, the booming of guns” (187) “Ford, we are twelve; oh, make us one/Like drops within the Social River” (70) Tone Despairing Buoyant Intense “The reality was decaying, dingy cities where underfed people shuffled to and fro in leaky shoes, in patched-up nineteenth-century houses that smelt always of cabbage and bad lavatories. [Winston saw] a vision of London, vast and ruinous, city of a million dustbins” (77) “[Was this] not the natural order of things … the interminable winters, the stickiness of one’s socks … the cold water, the gritty soap, the cigarettes that came to pieces, the food with its strange evil tastes?” (63) “And remember that it is for ever … the heretic, the enemy of society, will always be there, so he can be defeated and humiliated all over again.” (280) “From the yellow barrels of the microscope [the light] borrow[ed] a certain rich and living substance, lying along the polished tubes like butter, streak after luscious streak in long recession down the work tables.” (1) “Hers was the calm ecstasy of achieved consummation, the peace, not of mere satiety and nothingness, but of balanced life … For the Solidarity Service had given as well as taken, drawn off only to replenish.” (74) “That sensation on his lips! He lifted a hand to his mouth; the titillation ceased; let his hand fall back on the knob, it began again … the stereoscopic lips came together again, and once more the facial erogenous zones of the six thousand spectators in the Alhambra tingled with almost intolerable galvanic pleasure.”(146) Characters Real World Relevance “The natural feeling had been driven out of [the women of the Party] … the sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion.” (70) Government Restrictions “’What are these books like?’ said Winston … ‘Oh, ghastly rubbish. They’re boring, really. They only have six plots, but they swap them round a bit … on the kaleidoscopes.’”(137) “’What are you in for?’ … ‘We were producing a definitive edition of the poems of Kipling. I allowed the word “God” to remain at the end of a line.’”(242) “Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.” (78) “The stars can be near or distant, according as we need them. Do you suppose our mathematicians are unequal to that?”(278) “No wonder those poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable … What with mothers and lovers, what with the prohibitions they were not conditioned to obey, what with the temptations and the lonely remorses … they were forced to feel strongly. And feeling strongly … in solitude, in hopelessly individual isolation … how could they be stable?” (35) “Feeling lurks in that interval of time between desire and its consummation. Shorten that interval, break down all those old unnecessary barriers … Fortunate boys! … No pains have been spared to make your lives emotionally easy – to preserve you, so far as that is possible, from having emotions at all.” (37) “We don’t want to change. Every change is a menace to stability … every discovery in pure science is potentially subversive.”(198) “The new [plays] are stupid and horrible … nothing but helicopters flying about and you feel the people kissing.” (193) “The smut … fell with a crash into the boys’ eye-avoiding silence. ‘Mother,’ he repeated loudly … ‘These … are unpleasant facts; I know it. But, then, most historical facts are unpleasant.’” (19) NOW LET'S VOTE Protagonist Female Lead Villian Winston “Everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother” “Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don’t care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bone. Not me! Julia! Not me!” Bernard "The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects.” “Bernard hypocritically agreed, wishing….that he could have as many girls as Helmholtz did, and with as little trouble” Lincoln Six-Echo “Bernard hated them, hated them” “All I know is, people will do anything to survive. I want to live and I don't care how” “Who here decided that everyone likes tofu in the first place, and what is tofu anyway? And why can't I have bacon? I line up every morning, and I'm not allowed any bacon for my breakfast. Why is everyone wearing white all the time? It's impossible to keep clean…I always get the gray stripe, I never get any color, and I hand it in to be cleaned, and someone cleans it and fold it neatly back in my drawer, but who? Who is that person? Julia
“Rebel from the waist down”
“We are the dead” Lenina “Ending is better than mending” “We shall be alone all night” Jordan Two-Delta “We're not idiots” O'Brien “They got me long ago.” “We shall meet in the place were there is no darkness.” Mustapha Mond "Call it the fault of civilization. God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness. That's why I have to keep these books locked up in the safe. They're smut." Doctor Merrick “I brought you into this world... and I can take you out of it.” “Why don't you tell me about your dream?” “Big Brother Is Watching You” “There was no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any moment” “I’m not ready to die yet” “People are never alone now…we make them hate solitude; and arrange their lives so that it’s almost impossible for them to have it”
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