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Monday, December 10, 2012


1.) Two examples of direct characterization are seen very early in 1984. in the first chapter we can get a clear sense of how winston looks and acts. to sum up the begining it states Winston Smith, a small, frail man of 39 years drags himself home for lunch at his apartment on the 7th floor of the Victory Mansions. Another clear example if direct characterization is in book 2 chapter 2 when we get a small depiction of Julia, Winston encounters a Party member in blue overalls (Party uniform), and sees that she is the brunette coworker. He takes this as confirmation that the brunette was spying on him. Now two examples of indirect characterization would be the Proles and O'brien. Now the proles arn't really just one character but their actions are that of a whole, but we never really get an image of what they look like. The same is with O'Brien for we never get a description of what he looks like. 

2.) Yes, when George Orwell has the characters talk, he will jump from narration and speak as the character is expected too. Example : "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered 

3.) Winstin is a dynamic character. One main reason is because this novel is a bildungsroman which basically says the main character is going to go through three stages. (child, teenager, adult) 
And in between each transition is a sudden self realization from the character. example: When winston reads the note julia gave him saying"i love you" he leaves his childhood stage and enters the teenager stage. 

4.) I came away with the feeling that I had read the biography of a person from a past life. Even though everything was fictional I really made myself believe it had happened. the example is once I finshed the book and put together everything at the end, as Winstin sat in the bar with a single tear falling from is cheek.