Originally Posted by tomdemaine
Ok first discussion question
Winston writing a diary is a conspicuous defiance of the Party. If you are encased in a system with no hope of escape is it better to knuckle down, play by the rules and try to survive as long as possible or is it better to rebel even in a small way and even if that will dramatically worsen your life personally?
Is it hypocritical to "thrive" in a system you despise?
I don't think so.
An interesting thing about the diary is that there's no law against having a diary (party not restricted by laws at all). But Winston knows he'll be caught with it and punished severely. So why keep it? The diary is really the only thing Winston can express this thoughts on anything
to. The conversations he has are all banal and boring. Everyone has to use their crimestop and doublethink protective stupidity to ward off being vanished. All your conversations are potentially listened in on and any sign at all of unorthodoxy is dangerous. There's essentially no connection between man and man. It's telling how an incredibly meaningful experience for Winston is a moment when he catches a fleeting unguarded look from O'Brien and has the sense that he was thinking the same thing. When I read the first couple chapters it's the shattering loneliness that strikes me.
Originally Posted by General Tsao
I love the description of the children has baby tigers practicing their skills for when they are adults.
The children are indoctrinated to have loyalty to the party at all times. People are afraid of their children and most will be betrayed by them. The party has shattered the family, which was a huge source of political power since the dawn of time.