Wednesday, April 2, 2008

1984: 1-37 Blog Question

What are some possible reasons that Winston resents the government?

26 comments:

johnb said...

Winston resents the government for several reasons. Because of his job, Winston has had access to media before it is "corrected" that portrays a different message compared to current day news and propaganda. So, because Winston has this knowledge, he knows something is wrong.

Also, Winston remembers his mother and sister in the time before the Party took complete control, and he believes the cause of his mother and sister's disappearance, and most likely death, is tied to the government. For these reasons, he resents government.

alyssas said...

I think Winston resents the government may have something to do with the memory he has of his parents. While he was reminiscing he seemed to blame the government. So I think he has always had that underlying sense of resent toward the government, and now, as he is getting older, it is starting to affect him more than it did when he was younger.

amyw said...

I think Winston resents the government because he's intelligent and the intelligent people in this book question things because it's their nature. The dumber people and the proles just accept what they're told, but the intelligent people question what they're told. Winston's questioning and thinking has caused him to find flaws in the governmental system, which causes him to resent the government.
Also, he seems to have a better memory then everyone else (like, he can remember a time when Oceania was at war with Eastasia, not Eurasia). Since the government says that a certain thing has always been a certain way but he can remember a time when it was not, he resents the government because he suspects that they're either lying or covering something up.

Javonm said...

I think a big reason why winston resents the government is because it is a natural occurrence for him to do so. Just luke when he goes to the two minute hate rally that he says he doesn't like particapating in it but naturally participates because they are is some inside force making h do so. In most humans it is natural for us to rebel at some point in our lves and I think it is just maybe winston's time cause as he says that at some point or another everyone gets caugt by the thought police and maybe this his time and his reason.

josed said...

I think Winston resents the government because he innately knows and feels that it is unfair. He unconsiously knows that life could and should be better.
Of course, he can't "get" this too well consiously.

That's my simple explanation.

stefo said...

I think that Winston resents the government for alot of reasons. He resents the fact that he is watched all the time and that even this thoughts aren't safe. He resents the fact that government controls everyone and everything, that it erases the past, that it makes him doubt his own thoughts.

KatherineM said...

I agree with what John said. I think Winston resents the government, because he really knows the government is flawed and lies to the people. He thinks a lot about what life was like before the government came into power and questions what the government does and says, because he is someone that is actually aware of the government's lies. I think he might feel a little guilty that he knows about the government’s dishonesty but doesn’t tell anyone else that they’re all being manipulated.

clarao said...

Other than what people have already said, he probably doesn't like the government because it sometimes makes him really confused. Sometimes he likes certain politicians and other times he doesn't, and he doesn't know why. I think that must be very frusrating for him.

chelseas said...

I think that Winston resents the government because he is a man who likes to think own his own. Because he may be turned in to the authorities for thinking these thoughts, I think that these thoughts may help lead to his anger, and fuel his hatred to the government. I think that he also wonders about things, but that there is not too much information out there for him to learn or read about (at least the info. that he wants to learn). Like most everyone else has said, he also resents the government because they lie to the people and make them do and believe certain things. Also, I think that it makes Winston very frustrated when he sees how corrupt the government is, especiall without the public knowing so. Winston cannot think freely, or on his own, without the government monitoring his thoughts.

lizc said...

In the book there are some comments about how he remembers the joy of childhood but doesn't remember the exact details. I think that he dislikes the government because he knows that life was better how it was before. He wants and longs for something better inside but those feelings don't really show themselves that strongly.

amandah said...

I think Winston resents the government because they control every part of his life and they control everything. Also there is no privacy, you are always being watched or being listened to.

jordanh said...

Winston is different from the majority of the population of the Oceania. He hates the control that the government has over him. He hates being watched constantly, he hates the things the government makes him do, he hates the wars, he hates the two minute hate, and most of all Winston hates Big Brother. Winston seems to have a little bit of free thought, and he wants so badly to bring down the regime around him, but he has not the resources to accomplish such a dangerous task, and this makes him even more angry with his government.

Liap said...

I think Winston resents the government because deep inside he knows that it is the reason that he is so stressed and scared all the time. He is always being watched and listened to and I think that he knows that this was wrong and he is mad about that, and also the poor food rations and bad gin that the government give him just fuel his silent but passionate hate for the government. I believe that there is just something telling him that people are meant to be free.

BrianC said...

I think Winston resents the government because he knows inside what they're doing is wrong but dislikes them even more because they won't let him come right out and say it without being killed. I think he also dislikes how everyone is so brainwashed and controled that anyone who could do something great, (or usefull for that matter), is removed from society and no one even notices! The final reason I think winston resents the government is because he is one of those people who wants to express themselves and do something great but can't beacuse he'll only be killed for it. That's why I think Winston resents the government.

maddief said...

I agree with John and Amy. If Winston did not have access to files that told the truth about the past, then he would not have reason to question the government, and would probably be just another mindless member of the Party. Just like in 451, when Montag had access to the books and knowledge, causing him to rebel later against the government, so will Winston because of the historical documents. He realizes just how corrupt Big Brother's system is, and I think he is frustrated by the fact that nothing is real or truthful anymore, and that he has trouble remembering things because the past is constantly being rewritten, sometimes by himself.

meganu said...

I think Winston resents the government because it has taken away a lot of his freedoms. At work he can be watched and heard constantly. There are few areas where he cannot be seen in his office but there is always a chance that the government is listening to everything that he does and says. Also the government doesn't give any of the people enough food to be full or enough alcohol or tobacco products to keep people happy. These conditions of life open Winstons eyes. He realizes that this way of life is not good. This encourages him to challenge the system by writing in the diary. The only thing that would give him the courage to write in the diary is his resent toward the government.

phoebef said...

Winston resents the government becuase he feels so trapped by it. he also doesnt understand what the purpose behind the government is if there are any reasons at all. he is also concerned that he knows so little about the government itself, with the facade of big brother that is seen everywhere.

caitlina said...

Two Minutes Hate, Rewriting of History, and complete control of the people, I believe are some of the things that Winston hates most about the government. He is shocked about the Two Minutes Hate and realizes later on that most people just do everything they are supposed to do without really thinking about it. Winston realizes the control that the government has on the people, and this realization of the control set him apart, and built anger inside of him.
Winston also questions the memory, or the rewriting of history, which he also realizes is forging. He wonders about a time when there was no Big Brother, and even the past events and speeches, and if they were correct.
The Government had complete control over the people, which Winston had found quite irritating. He detested how his TV was always on, and that the thought police could be watching him at any moment. Just even by thinking a thought that was against the government, one could sent to jail.
I think that these were some key points that lead Winston to dislike the government, and cause him to think twice about the laws and orders of the community that he had lived in his whole life.

MollyS said...

I think that Winston resents the government because he knows what they have done. With the government having wiped the minds of the citizens of the things that they do not want them to remember, and Winston being able to hold his guard against these tactics, Winston despises the government. If one was to be just another person in the crowd they would not be able to speak against the society, none of the less even have thoughts about the wrongs that they may be doing.

Winston however, is different. He is able to remember things that Big Brother has tried to eliminate from his brain, and because he then knows what has really happened in the world, he hates the society.

kristenw said...

I think winston resents the government because he knows that they've changed the way life was and he doesn't agree with what they are doing to the world. Also he probably wants to know what life was like befor the government changed it so he's trying to rebel to get it back to the way it was.

Louiseb said...

I agree with Alyssa, I think Winston resents the government mainly because of the memory of his parents. It seems like this memory has drawn him to resent the government more and more as he has gotten older.

alexd said...

I think Winston resents the government because they represent something that it very controlling. He is a person who goes along with the actions of everyone else but he secretly does not agree with their ideas. He wants to rebel against the government but he does not know how yet but I think in the future he will realize how.

markg said...

I think that Winston resents that government because of many things. First, everybody looks back on their childhood and remembers good things about that time. But for poeple in this society, including Winston, they cannot remember the childhood. he does not know his roots, and how he devoloped into the person he is. Second, he knows that the government is controlling every aspect of peoples lives because of his job. So over all, he knows what the government is up too, so that is why he resents the government.

nilec said...
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nicolek said...

I think that Winston restents the government because of what happened to his parents when he was little. They were killed by the government and deep down it left a lasting impression on him to not like the government

nilec said...

I think winston resents the government becuase of what happened to his parents. I also think that is why he has the urge to challenge the system. He probably also doesn't like the fact that the government has so much control of everything.