Remember the term TWO MINUTES HATE the next time you hear about the media release a "new message from Bin Laden".
Okay, let's get this show in the road. I am not a Lit major and don't play one on TV.
Let's go chunk by chunck (with generous dips into future chapters for discussion).
Early on we meet Winston's neighbor. Discuss his neighbor's family in terms of Nazism and in terms of both conservative and liberal lifestyle and mindset. How are they different or the same? Are there parraells between Winston's neighbor's family life and anything you see in our own society?
How does Winston's work life contrast with our own? Discuss employer key loggers and Internet usage tracking. Discuss workplace camera usage.
Anybody? Feel free to add or subtract this stuff. Lit isn't my field and I don't watch Oprah. :p
And....the answer to the question about two minutes hate:
two minutes hate was a way to work the sheepish masses to a hatred frenzy of the "enemy" Goldstein.
The Parson's are also over-committed. The husband and the children are totally involved in political activities. This to the point that neither the husband nor the children have any time to devote to family concerns (Winston has to fix their sink).
This is not much different to the over-committed childhoods we see today. All in the service of better college prospects, or better athletic prospects, or better "volunteerism" bona fides for college. Many kids today have no real idea about dusting a house but they sure can recycle.
In terms of "spying" - what about D.A.R.E.? What about kids being asked about their parents' drinking/smoking/gun ownership habits in school?
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