Speech – Draft

Speech Ideas

  • Should you base your perspective of people on stereotypes you have heard?
  • Do you think the death penalty is the best punishment for dangerous criminals?
  • The importance of listening to your parents.
  • Should parents lie to their children about Santa
  • Why we should cut down the Wanaka Tree
  • Why you should be a nice human being
  • Why the saying “treat others the way you want to be treated” is the reason humanity is ok

 

Persuasive Language – Draft Ideas

Emotive Logical Fallacy – Appeal to Emotion

Imagine a world stripped of resources. No environment to enjoy. A place of nothing. Do you want this? Do you think this is right?

Well guess what, you have no choice. This will be your life. This will be your earth. It has been proven that by the year 2030 the world will only be 21% forestry.  By 2050 there will be no fish in the sea and by 2088 there will be no oil to construct fuel. This loss of resources with occur. The enviable ultimate doom can however be postponed or even demolished entirely.

Changing Climate

Mounds of empowering hills inject the luminous azure sky. Dusted with the frozen white juice stolen from the world below. Below, a lesser state of the mind, a place of heartbreak and hunger.

Creative Writing

Awaking from Slumber

Captured in the white fingers, unconsently torn from a state of wonder. From a place of dystopian pleasure, an abduction set in darkness without a seen exit. Fatigue debilitates the mind and freezes the conscious, utterly ceasing time.

I tear the canvas of coverage hysterically in an act of retaliation to the heated obis.

 

Dystopian Text

Dystopian World

 

Before the time of loathing, I remember the deep red satin sheets which draped the clustered market stalls. This particular place used to hold the greatest pleasures. Refractions of piercing white diamonds were sold here, the foreign kind that reek of pleasure and self entitlement, still manage to hold their presence in this naked earth. Not so long ago now I watched the purchasing of these forgotten treasures. Piles of the rarest medicine and the most outrageous watches drenched the tables of the sellers. They would grin ear to ear with the presence of their products. However demand for these goods is absent now that time is no longer counted. Broad older men, who were drenched head to toe with strong cologne were the most common customers. Their dark cloaks filled with coins milled in and out of the various stalls. Ambling children fattened by the decadence of love and food, whose singular fear was fictional followed their guardians through the choreographed system of which was the selling.

The selling started at nine and finished roughly around five, I knew this because Mother would be hanging up the washing in our backyard. Her delicate fingers carefully placing the clothes in swift movements, in time with the motion of her chestnut hair. Humming to herself she would complete her work, intertwined with the constant resonance of the market. I miss those sort of sounds, the ones that are never far gone, continuing to trigger the brain in a form of comfort. Being apart of the Allein limits sound. I took german when I was 10 and

limits sound.

Its my 46 circuit presently. This area is roughly 26 hours away from the checkpoint. It has taken me 12088800 minutes it still remains the same.

Above, the darkened sky holds dusty pheasants, their long dark tails control the moving clouds which weep exhaustion. The terrain below encases my bare feet. My movements create imprints in the baked earth. 1, 2, 3 I count like a rhythm. Counting lets me focus on containing to walk. I see the plague of unworthy power that has been grasped, I see the pettiness, I see the wastefulness, I see how lonely life is now. The shrapnel of unsuccessful aims and dreams coat the rugged terrain. Back then everything no matter how politically influenced and forcefully imposed on us had some sort of purpose. I grip the yellow tattered band highly strung around my waist. The only visual connection to the past. Materialistic memories of belongings and ownership of not just things but yourself.

 

Chapter One

Hi Ella,

Can I ask you to upload your draft Chapter One work to your blog. This will allow me the opportunity to have a look at it and also gives me the security of knowing I can vouch for its authenticity even if you work on it outside of class time.

Thanks kindly!

CW

Dystopian Creative Writing Tasks

Simple Sentence

It was a bright cold day in April. The clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith had his chin nuzzled into his breast. Winston Smith did this in an effort to escape the vile wind. He slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions. Winston wasn’t quick enough to prevent a swirl of wind of gritty dust from entering along with him.

How do I develop my writing?

Looking at past work I noticed that I use complex sentences frequently, which become quite overwhelming for the reader. By introducing subordinate and relative clauses to create more direct context.

1984 Critical Essay

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

“1984”a novel, constructed carefully by the author George Orwell expresses deep themes of manipulation. The thirst and conquer of power, spawn from cryptic methods of controlling a community and the extreme forcefulness of communistic beliefs placed upon an unstable society after the cold war, concocts a progression of integrated fear within life resulting in a totalitarianism state of living. The ministries described in this novel are corrupt and extorted, however convey distinct parallels to our present society. These ministries truly fathom fear itself. Unconsciously the humans in this book are fearful to live a life of choice therefore will listen to authority and remain dorment to rebel. Recognising these statement to be true great power is conquered and held, ultimately allowing for extreme governing of the law as well as total control of the mind. “Big Brother” is the pinnacle of control, exerting physical and psychological fear within air strip one, removing individualism and oppressing leisurely sexual contact. Our protaganist Winston is an undesirable product of this society as thoughts of rebelling fill his mind through use of language. George Orwell’s integration of language portrays strongly his prediction of a utopian future however it is clear a warning is contacts within his chosen words. This constructed written warning is ultimately a correct prediction of further war within our society, the oppression of speech, thought and the objectifying of women and feministic beliefs that are present within our world

“BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU”

Implementing constant images of a powerful large, somewhat ‘hero’ in constant eyesight of your daily movements scrutinising your actions. This higher power is a reminder of status, hiraki within 1984. Big brother is the poster boy of fear, the reminder of where you stand and your purpose for this structured society. Winston patently illustrates this through his development of underlying hate for the system he is surrounded by. In the opening chapter is becomes adamant to the reader that Winston battles constantly with his thoughts,

“Any sound that winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. ”

Total access to the mind and body is the ultimate recipe for successful control, complete control. The sort of control where one would abolish all morals and risk bodily harm in the chance of pleasure and defence towards the controller, without further doubt or question to this authority of ‘leaders’. This is the desired control of the utopian state where Winston subsides. Their methods, just like many in history focus on conquering and abolishing freedom.  In 1984 the totalitarianism state utilises the freedom of individual speech and oppresses it, advertises it like a disease, educates the society of its horrid ways and locks it away forever, like a prisoner, a terrorist. Society, covered by the hands of corruption, views the act of speaking freely with the eyes that stamped it in a negative way, an enemy of the state, the cause war leads to unhappiness and fear. This view remains this way. Trust for the government has accumulated, the people have labelled them as the saviour and the answer to there problems. Members of society grasp anything they say to become affluent once again. Large quantities of what is contained in the text of 1984 are similar to the contents of what governments use in the present day. Donald Trump a conflicting 21st century figure with surprising manipulative methods similar to those utilised by the ministries within the novel, tells us that George Orwell’s utopian prediction has come true and the presence of using fear to control communities and countries are still prominent and needs to be recongisnised sooner than later.

Newspeak is developed in the ideological needs of Ingsoc and the english socialism. Newspeak was created to make all modes of thought impossible,  to provide a medium of expression for the world view and distinguish mental habits proper to the devoted followers of Ingsoc, ultimately replacing the old language labeled Oldspeak , with the goal of replacing the old speak language as a whole by 2050. A heretical thought this was for the ministries controlling Oceania. The removal of the past is hard to extinigsh from the minds of millions without antiquate methods, dark toliutariusm methods. Destroying the past, rewriting the future was legitmently what happened. Winston was dished the job of destroying any paper forms of the past. Articles are thrown the memory holes at the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth, contradicting to their name, the memory holes are not to be remembered but to be destroyed. George Orwell’s use of language in this particular chapter is symbolic to Winston as a person. Winston describes items and processes antithetically to their proper intents and ultimate purpose and thereby painting Winston’s world in a frighting way. Winton as a character is the pinnacle of George Orwell’s use of underlying language use. The contradicting use of words to hide their ultimate intentions is prominent throughout the novel.

“WAR IS PEACE”

“FREEDOM IS SLAVERY”

“IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”

These slogans paraded and posted by the ministries and big brother surround the township. George Orwell has carefully chosen these slogans in relation to  develop a greater character understanding and deliver an underlying warning to the future. These contradicting terms are only recognised for there true intentions by Winston, members of the public are metaphorically described by George Orwell as “a million people with the same face” and ultimately the same mind.

“Any sound that winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up on”. This exclaimed fear of speech that Winston shares tells us that he is constantly aware of the means that the government has in order to listen to him and detect slight methods of rebellion as well as the recongonistion he has for the contents that come from his thoughts in verbal or written form. “so long as he remained within the field of vision the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.” Winston illustrates the methods of which the thought police and big brother watches over the people. The use of mechanical instruments to watch and listen to a society is a prominent method within the book. This draws a distinct parallel to our present world. The increase in technological presence within our homes, towns and Cities allows for greater powers , still described as “big brother” physically manipulates us. George Orwell’s utopian prediction is in turn a warning to us. Obsessed with technology our lives are unconuoiusly documented by various cameras and microphones without our own consent and knowledge. Without being educated I believed that just like the members of the 1984 tolitaridsm state we will also meet a same fate. “Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres in your skull.” Rings true to todays happenings.

“He disliked nearly all women, and especially the young and pretty ones. It was always the women and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the party”.

1984 a book that amongst dark themes of a corrupt government and control through fear also portrays the thirst for love, sexual desire and attention. 1984’s integration of female gendered characters and the purpose they hold within the storyline can be critically examined in a feminist lens. 39 year Winston states his extreme hate for women within the community very prematurely into the novel therefore George Orwell must believe this is an important aspect of what winston struggles with , “He disliked nearly all women, and especially the young and pretty ones”. This extreme hate for women can be explained through the deepest of Winston’s thoughts. Winston is deprived of sexual contact and affection. It becomes adamant that Winston’s hate has been created by the ministries placing boarders upon him resulting in unfulfilled desires. Sexual frustration is caused by the regime that Winston is apart of. The parties have created unpleasant idea of marriage and sex are enforced openly for reproduction. Sex is not leisurely and should purely serve the government. This hate for sex started from his wife Katherine who hated physical intimate contact with Winston but continued to press with the act. It was labelled by her to “fulfil their duty to the Party”. Therefore when Julia, Winston’s love interest is first acknowledged, he describes demoralising and vile ideas towards her.

 

“…..Winston succeeding in transferring his hatred from the face on the screen to the dark haired girl behind him”. “Vivid, beautiful hallucinations flashed through his mind”. “He would flog her to death with a rubber truncheon.” “He would tie her naked to a stake and shoot her full of arrows like Saint Sebastian.” He would ravish her and cut her throat at the moment of climax”. “Better than before; moreover, he realised why it was that he hated her”.                           “He hated her because she was young and pretty and sexless, because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so, because around her sweet supple waist, which seems to ask you to encircle it with your arm , there was only the odious scarlet sash, aggressive symbol of chastity.”

Julia 26, labelled as the love interest of Winston, is a character purely present for the introduction of sexual themes and betrayal to the text. “He would ravish her and cut her throat at the moment of climax” this conveying of rape represents the lack of sexual freedom Winston is feeling, he sees women as another instrument for repression within his society. George Orwell uses women in this text as a symbol of desire, merely just an object that dishes out sexual favours. This can be seen through the physical description of Julias body through Winstons mind “her sweet supple waist, which seems to ask you to encircle it with your arm”. Male thoughts towards women are displayed largely within Winston’s thoughts, some would say it is a correct portrayal on how majority of males view women as an object of desire not a being of intellect. I believe that George Orwell was unaware demoralising aspects of the oppression of women present in his work. Threrfore I label this warning as a mistake, a good mistake. George Orwell’s novel 1984 has been critically acclaimed to be a warning to the future politics and controlling methods of governments to the  unconscious mind, I agree with this, however when analysing this novel with a feminist approach it is apparent that  this text is male centred and the voice, value and attitude of Julia is not represented at an advanced educated level on which Winston’s were described. This adds confidence to the Bechdel test, a test which draws attention to the presence of women within movies and literature. To past this test the movie must past certain criteria. Have at least two women named in it, who talk to each other about something other than a man. 1984 does not pass. This failure is a distinct parallel to our society at present, women continue to be objectified. The oppression of women is far from over.

 

1984 a compelling text, portraying one mans prediction of a dystopian future, a true warning to the power that can become when fear is controlled. “But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother”. The hope of Winston overcoming the ministry and big brother itself was wishfully prolonged, however unsuccessful. This last quote above solely tells us that the fight is still continuing and the manipulation is still presence. It is truly a war, an unconscious war. A war that will be conquered once all are educated.

1984 – Is it a Warning?

1984

Written by: George Orwell

Type of Work: Novel

Genres: utopian literature; social criticism

First Published: 1949

Setting: Oceania

Main Characters: Winston, Julia, O’Brien Big Brother, Emmanuel Goldstein

Major Thematic Topics:  the existence of fact through memory, Control through fear, Feminism, Motifs – repressed sexuality, dreams and flashbacks. 

Major Symbols: Newspeak  the proles, birds, television screens, glass paperweight

Overall Idea and Blurb summary

In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. Winston wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinises human actions with ever-watchful Big brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist. The setting of 1984 is a dystopia: an imagined world that is far worse than our own, as opposed to a utopia, which is an ideal place or state.

Planning for Assessment

Control through fear –  Throughout the book George Orwell expresses ideas and themes that are a relevant aspects of our world today. “Control through fear” is prominent within the workings of this century, parallel to ideas within the text 1984. Well educated and forceful systems are placed upon the citizens in the novel based on the looming idea of big brother. The greater being that is always watching controls their manipulated minds to an extent where this society is deemed normal. Therefore fear is always present, governing all people’s movements and views, concocting the perfect community for any government to control with ease. In 1984 the “big brother” is believed to be in charge, followed by 4 ministries, the ministries of plenty, love, war and truth. This corrupt system truly understands the meaning of fear itself and the forcefulness it is capable of constructing. A person who is scared will not live the life of their choice, will follow authority and never rebel. By recognising this statement to be true great power is upheld and progresses to extreme governing of the law as well as the mind.

Resonances in our society draw distinct parallels between features in George Orwell’s utopian vision of the near distant future. 1984 is a compelling text which leaves readers questioning their current society and state of mind George Orwell’s vision of the future serves as a legitimate warning focused on the welfare of humanity. Feminism a reoccurring theme throughout the text is conveyed through the oppression of women’s rights and sexual antics. Feminism in our century is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

Important Quotes

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.    

”If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”        

 “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”  

 “Big Brother is Watching You.”                                                                                   

 “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your choosing”