By Tuesday you’ll have completed the second section of the novel. The role of the first section of the novel is clear: Give the reader a detailed and thorough understanding of how the totalitarian government functions in the world of 1984. Through the eyes, ears and private thoughts of Winston Smith, we learn about how the people of Oceania are controlled in mind, body and soul – well, soul is more of a part III understanding but we’ll get there.
What’s different about section two is that it turns it’s focus onto Winston and Julia or more specifically acts of rebellion. It asks a lot of fundamental questions about rebellion from how to do it right down to whether there’s a point to it at all.
I thought it might be interesting to explore these issues leading up to actually discussing the 2nd section of the novel.