Hi everybody! If you want to integrate the extracts you have in your textbook you can read here some more chapters from the novel 1984.
To see how much you know of the novel try doing the QUIZ on 1984 you’ll discover some new things you don’t know since you haven’t read the book.
Here’s the trailer of 1984, the movie from Orwell’s novel. Is this the future we want?
I’m also embedding the stunning, mind-blowing Apples’s commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh Computer to the world by explicitly referring to Orwell’s novel. It was shown & broadcasted during the Superbowl in 1984. Apple is always one step beyond the others! 😉
- What do you think is the message of the advertisement?
- Is the ad effective also for those who don’t know the novel or does it need a certain amount of…education? LEAVE A COMMENT.
Last but not least for those who love the Eurythmics and Annie Lennox as much as I do, theirs is the soundtrack of the movie and the song SEXCRIME. Enjoy!
Can I take this for granted/With your eyes over me?/In this place/This wintery home/I know there’s always someone in/Sexcrime/Sexcrime
Nineteen eighty four/And so I face the wall/Turn my back against it all/How I wish I’d been unborn/Wish I was unliving here/Sexcrime/Sexcrime
Nineteen eighty four/I’ll pull the bricks down/One by one/Leave a big hole in the wall/Just where you are looking in.
Choose also one of these two topics for a 2/3 m. speech. (You can use images if you like)
- Have you seen the tv show Big Brother? did you ike it? What aspects of Orwell’s 1984 do you think are present in this programme?
- Do you think television is used to control the ideas & behaviour of the public? Think of how advertising in particular influences our society & give examples from your own experience. (from Literary Landscapes, Black Cat)
I’m adding now an excerpt from the movie “Detachment“ 2011 American drama film about the high school education system directed by Tony Kaye, the director of American History X. I think this scene is fantastic to show the importance of education & knowledge to avoid the dangers of a totalitarian society and regime like the one depicted by G.Orwell. It can also help you comment & reflect on the novel we’re reading in class and Apple’s advertisement. Enjoy