Day 1

1984 Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What upsets Winston about Mrs. Parsons' children?

    Winston can see political indoctrination at work in the children—although they're playing with toys, it is "not altogether a game." He also observes that Mrs. Parsons can't control her children, which makes him consider the fact that children turn their parents in for political unorthodoxy, and that "family" really means very little in Oceanian society.

  2. 2

    Explain Winston's work. Why does his job exist?

    Winston's job is to change the records of the past to reflect changes in the Party's public statements. For example, if Big Brother predicted that a crop would do better than it did in reality, records of Big...

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