Knowledge is force (A theme of 1984)

The meaning of the theme “Knowledge is force” in George Orwell´s “1984” is, that the System in “1984” is in the position to falsify the past and therefore to change the presence and the future.

For exactly that way of controlling the eurasian populatian, a eurasian citizen would not easeally be in the positition to withstand the lies of the System. Apart from that if someone would show resistence they would immediately get rid of him.

The political System of “1984” is only possible because just the system itself knows the truth. What in conclusion means that not only a few persons should have access to informations we have about the human history and nobody should be able to falsify the past. Otherwhise the knowledge will be used to control people and a dystopian vision just like “1984” might happen.


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:

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”.
In Sara´s opinion Danny has a “humiliating” car (p. 15, l. 24).

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 & Winstons memories of Oceania in contrast to the official past of the countrys history

Winston Smith Characterization

Winston Smith portrayed by John Hurt

This is a short essay about Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell´s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, released in 1949. Winston Smith is frail, thin and has ulcers on his legs. His appearance tells the reader, that he lives in bad circumstances. He has a wife, but they are probably estranged. His relationship is not further explained in the story. He is a smoker and a drinker. He is 39 years old and works as a records editor at the Ministry of Truth. Basically what Winston does is the falsification of history. That makes him doubt of the totalitarian system of Oceania. Even though he is working against himself by falsifying the truth, he likes doing his job. Overall, Winston Smith is a person most readers can identify with. He is not sticking out, he is just an ordinary, innocent kind of person. Although the world seems to be rough and not in his political favour, he begins to write a diary to be able to hold onto the truth. Winston also assumes like-minded people in O´Brien and later on in Julia. Because of the fact, that he is interested in items from the past, he buys a coral ornament and wants to know how the rhyme “Oranges and Lemons”, that was lost in the past, goes on.

Winstons memories of Oceania in contrast to the official past of the countrys history
Winston knows, the system of Oceania is changing documents of the past (as an example: News) to make people obey Oceania. In fact, he has proof of the falsification of history. He once had a document in his hands which was evidence of an obvious falsification of history. He doesn´t know for sure when this incident happened. As a result he buys an empty book to write his own point of view and he begins to search for hints, leading to the truth and away from the made-up world.

This is your blog

What is blogging and why could it be useful for our English class?

As someone who has never written a blog before, it took me some time to put in words why I think creating our own blog could be benefical for this class. Here are some of my thoughts on blogging with students:

Blogging is about information, communication, and relationships. It provides a platform for self-expression, exchange, and discussion. And it can serve as a means for collaborative learning. By publishing your own work and ideas you reach out to the world and enter into a dialogue with others.

What kind of blogs would you read? Most likely the ones that discuss ideas you are interested in.

“It is through quality linking . . . that one first comes in contact with the essential acts of blogging: close reading and interpretation. Blogging, at base, is writing down what you think when you read others. If you keep at it, others will eventually write down what they think when they read you, and you’ll enter a new realm of blogging, a new realm of human connection.” – Ken Smith, an English teacher at Indiana University

It is all about having something important to say and developing a voice to communicate the message. So, why not create our own blog along those same lines?

Of course we won’t use this blog for writing about our private issues. All entries have to be concerned with and relevant for our topic “Literary Visions of the Future”. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that we have to work on what is important for your Abitur. On the other hand, putting yourself “out there” makes it necessary to make responsible decisions about what you actually want to share.

Does our topic provide enough interesting aspects we would like to discuss? I believe it does. Orwell’s 1984 alone covers many issues which are still relevant in our times. You have already touched some of them in our classroom-duscussion on WALL-E: Isolation and permanent observation, development of and dependence on technology, and the importance of individuality.

I would like to read your ideas and comments on this! What do you think about having our own blog? You’re welcome to write a comment.