Pictures and posters on every corner, reminding citizens of Oceania that Big Brother is always watching them. (p4)
– A cold, dark world. I.e.) “Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sun a harsh blue, there seemed to be no colour in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere.” (p4)
– Helicopters skimming down between the roofs, a sign of the police patrol, snooping into people’s windows. (p4)
– Rocket bombs exploding in London with dull, reverberating roars. (p28)
– Horrible living conditions. I.e.) “Never quite enough to eat, one never had socks or underclothes that were not full of holes, furniture had always been bad and rickety, rooms underheated, tube trains crowded, houses falling to pieces, bread dark-coloured nothing cheap and plentiful.” (p63)
– “Decaying, dingy cities where underfed people shuffled to and fro in leaky shoes, in patched-up nineteenth-century houses that smelt always of cabbage and bad lavatories.” (p77)
– Bombs dropped on playgrounds with “several dozen children blown to pieces.” (p156)
– Amid the decaying buildings in London, during Hate Week, there is singing, banners, dancing, speeches, drums, trumpets, marching, posters, and films.
– “The world today is a bare, hungry, dilapidated place” (p196)
– Each Party member has a telescreen within their home that monitors and scrutinizes each and every move they make. It cannot be turned off.
– Forced to wear an expression of quiet optimism when facing the telescreen.
– Had to wear blue overalls, the uniform of the Party.
– Given a small amount of coupons to trade in for clothing, food, etc.
– They are constantly under the watch of the Thought Police.
– Not much food to eat in their homes.
– Forbidden to enter ordinary shops, however they were forced to do so due to a lack of necessities such as razor blades and shoelaces.
– Forced to participate in the Two Minutes Hate (p13):
– Began with a hideous, grinding screech
– Face of Emmanuel Goldstein, the Enemy of the People, flashed onto the screen
– Goldstein then delivered usual venomous attack upon the doctrine of the Party, denouncing the dictatorship of the Party (p14).
– Party members then broke out in rages and leap up and down, ending by chanting B- B,B- B.
– They were always being watched for symptoms of unorthodoxy (p26).
– Each morning, they awoke to an ear- piercing whistle (p33) from the telescreen. They were then prompted to take part in various exercises from an instructor on the telescreen. When doing these exercises, known as Physical Jerks, they could never show any dismay or resentment (p39).
– Party members worked in one of the four ministries: Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, or Miniplenty.
– Main character in 1984, Winston Smith, worked in Minitrue. His job was to rectify (p40) history.
– Other co- workers did not speak with each other.
– The Party members were brainwashed into believing anything that the Party told them to believe. This was achieved through doublethink. They believed what the Party told them even though they knew that the opposite of what was being told to them was true as well.
– The result of the use of doublethink on Party members caused their quality of life to decrease. The Party lied to them, telling them that the quality of life was increasing, even though they knew it was decreasing. Although they knew the truth, they were forced to believe what the Party told them (p62).
– Party members could not possess memories (p62).
– Everyone lived in horrible conditions (p62).
– Could not trust anybody in fear that they would report you to the Thought Police and have you vaporized (p65). This held true within families as well.
– Could not let your thoughts wander in public places or in front of telescreens because facial features may not be perfectly under control (p65).
– Women who worked for the Party never painted their faces and never used scent (p67).
– Winston described his daily life as slogging through dreary jobs, fighting for a place on the Tube, darning a worn-out sock, cadging a saccharine tablet, and saving a cigarette end (p77).
– Day and night the telescreens bruised your ears with statistics that people today were better off than the filthy people of fifty years ago (p77).
– The Party told its members to reject the evidence of their eyes and ears (p84).
– Party members could not do anything that suggested a liking for solitude (p85). They were expected to be at the Community Center or participating in some kind of communal recreation (p85) in their spare time. It was dangerous to have an ownlife which, in Newspeak, referred to individualism and eccentricity.
– Winston constantly escaped the horrible world he was living in through his Victory Cigarettes and his Victory Gin (p107).