Easy “life changing” tips to quotate

First of all you want the reader to be interested in your text, don’t you? A big part of using quotation marks is to implement the quotations into your own sentences!
So now you´re asking yourself: “How do I use those weird quotation marks?”
In order to use them, you have to learn some rules…

Your opinion with a quotation backing it up:

Example:
And because Danny says “I´m not gonna fall!”, it turns out that he is too self-confident (p.3, l. 5-6).
In this example the own material is clearly in the foreground… Which is actually unavoidable if you want to quotate in the most interesting way. If you want to be more transparent with your quotations, you should always refer to the text by adding page and the line number.
You can practice this as in the example above. But it can end in a mess, when you refer to more than one line.
The worst case could look like this: 
And because Danny says “I´m not gonna fall!”, it turns out that he is “too self-confident” (p.3, l. 5-6), (p. 5, l. 21).

The best possiblity to “dodge that bullet”, is to do as the following example:

And because Danny says “I´m not gonna fall!” (p.3, l. 5-6), it turns out that he is “too self-confident” (p. 5, l. 21).

Fun fact:

If you want to use unappropriate words in a factual text, you can use “the power of quotations”.
Example:
In Sara´s opinion Danny has a “humiliating” car (p. 15, l. 24).

Characterization of Winston Smith

In the novel “1984”, written by Gorge Orwell in 1949, the character Winston Smith plays an important role. He is part of a dystopian world and a member of the party. But he is critical about the system and is well aware of being watched every time.

In the following I will analyse the protagonist Winston Smith.

Winston Smith is a 39 years old man (p.3, l.17) who lives in Oceania, in London, a city of Airstrip One and works for the Ministry of Thruth (in Newspeak Minitrue) (p.5, l.14-15; l.30) He has blond hair. His face is naturally sanguine and his skin roughened. He has a swollen ulcer above his right ankle on his leg and that’s why he always goes slowly. Additional he has a frail figure (p.3, l.17-19; p.4, l. 4-8). To Winston the world seems to be unloving and grey. “[…] there seemed to be no colour in anything […]” (p.4, l.12-13). “[…] the world looked cold […]” (p.4, l.9-10). That he is well aware of being watched every time is shown by the fact, that he always faces the telescreen (device for monitoring) with a smile to hide that he is a rebel and have a critical opinion of Big Brother and the system (p.6, l.31-33). In the further development of the same chapter it turns out that Winston is fearless and brave. Or that he is just sceptical and naive because Winston starts to write a diary. (p.9, l.6; p.20, l.24-28) He ignore that writing a diary is forbidden in Oceania by the reason of the fact that the government don’t want the people to have their own opinions or even memories about the past. This is caused by the constantly changing facts to manipulate and control the folk.

Characterisation of Winston Smith

Characterization of Winston Smith by Jan Zülchner

Winston Smith is the main character of the dystopian novel “1984”, written by George Orwell in 1948. The novel takes place in a future London, that is called “Airstrip One”. It is an absolutistic system by an unknown person, which called “Big Brother”. Winston questions the system and tries to find a way to abuse or overcome the gaps of the system in order to live more free and independent. The government of Oceania controls the minds of the citizens by observing nearly everybody. The party forbids words and at the same time creates new ones which are called „Newspeak“. In addition, the party forces citizens to feel certain feelings in specific moments and situations. This is possible through propaganda.

In the following I will analyze the main character Winston Smith under consideration of the first five chapters.

Winston smith is 39 Years old and has a lean physique, whose skinniness is emphasized by the blue jumpsuit of the party uniform. His hair is blonde; his face is reddish by nature, his skin rough because of sharp soap, dull razor-blades, and the cold of the winter which has just come to an end (p.8). It is peculiar that Winston has a varicose vein at the age of 39. He smokes regularly and drinks the party´s gin daily.

Smith is described as a sympathetic character. He is a member of the outer party and works as a simple employee.  More precisely, he works for the Ministry of Truth. His task is it to twist the history, the arts and the media as it suits the government. Because he is only a member of the outer party, he is under strict observation/supervision. The citizens of “Airstrip One” should not have their own opinion, and if they have an own one, they get a brainwashing from the government. The citizens are severely punished for mistakes. In an extreme case they are killed by the government. Then it is Winston´s job to make it looks like as if the person had never existed. His Job is his greatest joy, because he can live his creativity at work.

In his apartment he has an unobserved corner where he always writes in his diaries. This shows us the dissatisfaction of Winston opposite the party. He writes thoughts in his diary, starting with simple ones about the movies in the tv then moving on to criticism at the system for never thinking about anything and down with Big Brother-paroles. Too it is forbidden to have a book or paper and write a diary. To writes thoughts down is even much worse. Winston writes for the next generations. This proves his courage. In spite of everything he always deceives his feelings to protect himself from punishments. He does that what others do in the public.

He is interest in Julia, he „gazes“ on her und and gets the urge to sleep with her. Besides that he is not enthusiastic at all. He just does it without thinking about it. Winston understands how the system suppresses the citizens, and he also knows how the system works, so he can never be sure whether other people think the way he does, also because he can´t trust anyone.

Again and again he tries to remember what happened in his childhood. The memories of Winston’s childhood are largely blurred and indistinct. Only sporadically can he recall individual events (p.42). His parents and his little sister suddenly disappeared in the 1950s. He is really excited in things like his own history. because nobody knows anything about the history.

In my opinion Winston is outwardly a normal person. He just has normal needs like sex and other things but he doesn’t get this. Because of this he acts like a suppressed person, which definitely is a feature of a dystopia character. Winston rebel against „Big Brother“ and his system, which is really hazardous.

English Exam Task 3: A Comment on “To what extent has Orwell’s fiction become reality?”

Totalitarian, absolutistic states never get old. Even after all the pain humanity has experienced and more than 500 wars, there is still war going on and there are still dictators ,owning all the power of one country. And of course you want to secure your power by observing the society and eliminating movements that could become dangerous. But Germany for example has also increased the observation of public places and just that is criticized for the reason i called before. I want to comment on if it is really an offense to privacy or if that´s just a valid side effect of the security you gain by that. Continue reading “English Exam Task 3: A Comment on “To what extent has Orwell’s fiction become reality?””

Characterization of Winston Smith

Characterisation of Winston Smith

Winston Smith is 39 years old and the main character of the dystopic novel “1984”, written by George Orwell in 1948. The novel takes place in a future London, that’s called “Airstrip One”. It´s leaded in an absolutistic system by an unknown person, which called “Big Brother”. Winston is questioning the system and trying to find a way to abuse the gaps of the system in order to life autonomic and freer so like he wants it. In “Airstrip One” it´s the name of the future London where  the system is controlling the minds of the citizens by observing nearly everybody the party forbids words and at the same time creates new ones, In addition, the party forces citizens to feel certain feelings in specific moments and situations.

In the following I will characterize the main character Winston Smith with regard to the first five chapters

At the beginning of the story is Winston not really described, rather the happening around Airstrip One, so that the reader gets more background knowledge and that the reader gets more impression of the fictional London. He is a member of the outer party and works as simple employee.  More precisely, he works for the Ministry of Truth. His task is it to twist the history, the arts and the media as it suits the government. Because he is only a member of the outer party, he is under strict observation/supervision. The citizens of “Airstrip One” should not have their own opinion, if they have an own one, they get a brainwashing from the government. The citizens are severely punished for mistakes. In an extreme case they are killed by the government. Then Winston makes it, that it looks like as if the person had never existed. His Job is his greatest joy, because he can live his creativity at work. For his job it is necessary for Winston to believe in two truths, which cannot both be true at the same time. On the one hand he knows what really happened and on the other hand he has to believe what he has to change.

In his apartment he has an unobserved corner where he always writes diaries. This is one of the things that show us that he is against the party. He writes thoughts in his diary, starting with simple ones about the movies in the tv then moving on to criticism at the proles for never thinking about anything and down with Big Brother-paroles. It is forbidden to have a bookmaker a pen. And writing a diary is even much worse. This diary is written in the hope that it will be better for the next generations. At the same time, however, he is also afraid to write in this book, because the possession is already punishable. He is against the party. The second point, which shows us that he is against the party, is in the “Two minutes Hates”. He is only fixed on Julia, he gazes on her und and get the urge to sleep with her. In the ritual the only roars what the others roar, so that he does not betray himself as an opponent of the party. Otherwise he is not enthusiastic at all. He just does it without thinking about. He always deceives his feelings to protect himself from punishments. Winston understands how the system suppresses the citizens, and he also knows how the system works, so he can never be sure if other people think the way he does, also because he can´t trust anyone.

He is a thin figure, whose skinniness is supported by the blue jumpsuit of the party uniform. His hair is blonde; his face is reddish in nature, his skin rough through sharp soap, dull razor-blades, and the cold of the winter which has just come to an end (p.8). Particularly is that Winston has a varicose vein in the age of 39. He smokes regularly and drinks the party´s gin daily.

 

In the following chapters is he trying to remember what happened in his childhood.

The memories of Winston’s childhood are largely blurred and indistinct. Only sporadically can he recall individual events (p.42). His parents and his little sister suddenly disappeared in the 1950s.

He always had to go hungry and was selfish towards his mother and sister. He regularly stole food and made his mother responsible for the lack of food. But he feels grieved, for he believes that his mother sacrificed himself with his little sister. It was a family gesture of love, a value that no longer exists in the society of 1984. Anxiety and mistrust have long since taken their place.

Winston also feels that Syme is vaporized soon because he is too clumsy and does not hide his Intelligence. Winston knows that stupidity can save his life, so he makes himself “stupid”.

At the end of the fifth chapter, Winston becomes a little paranoid because he feels he is being watched. But when he turns around, he is actually being watched by Julia, she does not avoid eye contact until Winston looks at her as well. Winston gets afraid and wonders if Julia is a spy, or whether she is working for the thought police.

Characterization Winston Smith

The novel „1984“ written by George Orwell, published in 1949, shows insight in the life of Winston Smith who lives in a dystopian future in which the government is monitoring it’s citizens through a Telescreen.

Winston Smith lives in Oceania and is thirty-nine years-old. Both of his parents died during a purge in the 1950’s and his wife left him due to political differences. He’s an average looking guy and works for the ministry of truth. His job is to change articles in newspapers to fit with the future. He has to make sure that the statements that the government makes are the same as in old newspapers, so that no one can throw accusations at the government for lying.

After work, he usually spends his time writing a diary, which isn’t allowed in Oceania. He writes about things that he has noticed during his time working and tries to not forget them. He is able to write the diary due to finding a place in his living room in which the Telescreen can not monitor his actions. The writing sessions make him question the whole system in which he lives in more and more. As he writes the diary, he questions the not existing knowledge of the citizens and wishes there to be someone who also noticed the newspaper changes and such in Oceania. After more investigation he finds more evidence which support his accusation. He takes the issue by heart which shows how thoughtful and caring about other people he is.

Although Winston shows impetus to expose the lies of the Government, he is often in a state of sadness and depression due to having to look for evidence and proof that verify his accusations. He is drowning his emotions in daily alcohol consume, which shows that he is having a hard time coping with the issues.

Characterization Winston Smith 

Winston Smith is the main character in 1984, a very famous book of George Orwell,which was published in 1949. It tells the story of a dystopian future, Everyone is observed by the government. The observation is done by a telescreen, which notice every move and speaking. 

Winston Smith is an average looking guy, but weedy. His blue overall  accentuates his Statue. He works in the ministry of truth and manipulates articles in newspapers to make it seems like there is only one enemy. He is a member of political group, which condemns sex and sees the only advantage in reproducing. His first marriage failed, because his wife shared the group’s opinion.

 He recognized the government tells lies, so he begins to write a diary. He is able to write this diary, because of a niche in his room, where the telescreen can’t observe him. He is struggling, because of the non-knowledge if there are people with the same political opinion. He begins to investigate and discovers lies and muddles, which support his concerns. Then he meets Julia and trust her,  because Julia shares his resistance. They become friends and fall in love with each other. Even though they promised not to betray, after being tortured they can’t keep the promise and turned on each other. 

Winston really tried to be loyal, but facing his biggest fear, rats, he couldn’t help but turning on Julia.