The Second Weekly Reflection
I’d have to say The Average Joes is anything but average. We have four completely different people in our group, and while I had my doubts if we could work together at the beginning of the semester, everything is going perfectly smooth. The best strength of our group lies in our ability to communicate with each other. It usually starts with Catie opening with what we should do as a group everyday, and even though the weekly planner is there, we always strive to push beyond what is being written and productively use our time to have the most work done. After Catie would always come with me and Chloe as we tend to have a lot more to discuss with the group when the frames are laid out, sharing our ideas to Kelly who always diligently take note of absolutely everything.
The only noticeable weakness admittedly would have to be me. During the first few weeks, I personally had a lot of work outside the class to tend to and as a result I didn’t dedicate the time needed to do my job as a team of four. I did apologize to everyone of them and it seems like within the near future, I would be able to participate with the group a lot more often than now.
1984 is indeed an interesting read. When I read a book, I tend to take value in its title. What is being said? What does 1984 have to do with this book? Is it the year 1984, or a number of connotative meaning?
George Orwell, 1984:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Unfortunately, rather than taking the significance of the actual number, Orwell picked it to symbolize the future that is not so utterly far away from the actual year he had written the book in 1949. The quote above does answer most of my question, but continues to keep me entertained and continue with the reading. In this world created by Big Brother, everything is the opposite of what it should be like: the government’s authority is unwavering, finding peace means going to war, being strong means to be unaware of anything, to completely be subdued in an inhuman state.
Why did George Orwell decided to write this novel under the perspective of the protagonist Winston Smith? What characteristics does Winston Smith carry that makes him the subject in a dystopian world ruled by the sovereign dictator? I’m very excited to find the answer to this question.