Loss of Identity

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Riana and Sam

 Wrote 1984 as his own personal message to society for freedom of expression  In writing 1984, showed how people would react under a totalitarian government

 Party manipulates everyone into being the same person  Only aware of certain “facts”  Everyone is like their robot

 Destroys all sense of identity  Everyone wears the same clothes, eats the same food, lives in the same apartments

 Brainwashed into another “clone”  Keeps him from showing his true identity  Any individual thought is borderline crime


“To dissemble your feelings, to control your face, to do what everyone else was doing was an instinctive reaction” Book 1

pg. 16 (iBook)  During 2 minutes Hate  Everyone was afraid to show any signs of personal thoughts  Never showed their true identity

Past and Future

“ Who controls the past”, ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past” Book 1

pg. 28 (iBook)  The Party slogan  Control all aspects of life  easily change facts from any point in time as if they never existed  When a person dies, it’s as if they never existed  No identity


“ You could not have friends nowadays, you had comrades

Book 1

pg. 36  Party does not promote any sort of relationship  One can learn more about themselves by building a relationship with someone else  Can develop identity


“You’d prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness, its useless shads of meaning” Book 1

pg. 39 (iBook)  Syme speaking to Winston  Newspeak = less words to memorize, all repeated/attached to suffixes and prefixes  Party is trying to eradicate individual thought by not giving people many words to use


“ Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four

Book 2

pg. 57 (iBook)  Winston writing in his diary  Simple math can be overruled by the Party  Believes that once we can believe this fact, we are free


“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” Book 2

pg. 149 (iBook)  Winston thought, just because a person is different, and thinks differently to apparently everyone else they are not necessarily wrong.

 Thinking IS Identity.

 Led to his downfall

 Control of the people leads to control of their identity which leads to a mass of people unable to be their own person  They becomes clones of The Party  No individual thought, loss of themselves