“Winston Smith Characterization” by Alelex100

In the Book 1984, written by George Orwell, he wrote about a State, who is controlling and observating the society. The main Character in the Book is Winston Smith. He is 39 years old and lives in the year 1984.
Winston is really skinny, is a nondescript person and has a various ulcer on the leg, that makes it difficult for him to walk.
He lives in London, the capital City of Airstrip One. He is speaking the official language of Oceania, Newspeak.
Winston works for the Ministry of Truth. His job is it to change the history to the way the government wants it.
Winston lives in a time period, where people are very strongly oppressed by the government, so Winston likes his job, because he can be creative by his work.
In Winston’s Apartment is a Security Camera, who is 24 hours on and  observating  Winston Smith. Only a small corner in his Apartment is protected from the camera. He is writing there a diary for the next generation, who will hopefully have a better life, without the Party. But Winston is still thinking that the Thought Police, who
is looking for people who might be thinking thoughts contrary to the Party’s interests, will find the diary and kill him.


Don’t forget to publish!

    Dear all,

I hope you had (and have!) beautiful spring holidays!

Please don’t forget to publish your characterizations and comments – those are obligatory homework assignments.

Enjoy the weekend. Looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday 🙂



Language tips


Comma rules

The comma rules in English are much simpler than in German. However, that makes them difficult for us because we have to remember the differences. Here is a typical mistake:

German: Comma before a sentence with “dass” / Englisch: no comma before “that”.


Prof. Smith says that her research gives us the definitive answer.
Prof. Smith says her research gives us the definitive answer.

It would be wrong to write:

Prof. Smith says, that her research gives us the definitive answer.
Prof. Smith says, her research gives us the definitive answer.”


y → ies

democracy  → democracies


“hardly” is mostly used in the meaning of “barely”. It can, however, also mean “harshly”. But it is rarely used like that. Typical examples for sentences with “hardly” are:

  1. It hardly matters what I think.

  2. The changes in service have hardly been noticed.

  3. There are hardly any new features in this software.

  4. Hardly anyone showed up for the meeting.

  5. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think about you.

  6. This is hardly a new idea for a movie.

  7. Is this a new idea for a movie? Hardly! I’ve seen dozens of movies just like it.

source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardly

Alternative facts

In one of our next lessons we will talk about “Newspeak” and “thoughtcrime” in Orwell’s 1984 (see also the assignment for chapter V). This video might provide us with some additional input for our discussion.

Please check out also the blogroll on the right bottom side of this blog. There you’ll find several links to interesting newspaper articles. The Washington Post article by Aaron Blake refers to the video and gives some additional insight. Soon, we’ll also talk about how to write a comment (see the respective page on this website: writing – comment) and your next homework will be to write and  publish a comment, e.g. on the above mentioned article and/or video.

It’s time for you to start publishing!!! 🙂