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1984 - Georges Orwell - Book 1 Chapter 3 Essay ideas

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Apr 26, 2017   #1

Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia war


I have to prepare an essay on this extract of 1984's chapter III:

"Since about that time, war had been literally continuous, though strictly speaking it had not always been the same war. For several months during his childhood there had been confused street fighting in London itself, some of which he remembered vividly. But to trace out the history of the whole period, to say who was fighting whom at any given moment, would have been utterly impossible, since no written record, and no spoken word, ever made mention of any other alignment than the existing one. ..."

I already have some ideas but I don't manage to create a thesis statement nor an outline.
There is things to say about this extract but I can't divide into into different parts.

What I found was that the Party manipulates the past, the present and the future as it wants. Winston remembers that Oceania has always been in a constant state of war, whereas the Party wants people to think the other way around. There is a difference between what is true and what the Party has made true.

That is basically the ideas I found.
If you have some other ideas, ideas of thesis or outline, help me pls.

Thank you,

(sorry for my English, I'm French)
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Apr 26, 2017   #2
Pauline, surely you have managed to get more than just the extract from your professor or teacher in this class. The extraction will not be provided without some guide instructions that can help you to formulate both your thesis and an outline for your discussion. The thesis of this extract should be based upon how the government controlled the news media and brainwashed the people into believing only one version of the truth. Then you can perhaps explain why the government needed to keep control of the people by controlling the archives of history and the mindset or beliefs of the people. For a more effective discussion, you can relate the excerpt from the current events happening in American politics where the battle to tell the truth rages between the government and the media. Then lead into a comparison of the fictional to factual events. Refer to the instructions that came with the excerpt. I am sure that the teacher left you with some clues as to how best to develop and discuss this topic.

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