1984: Proles and the Party

1984: Chapter 8

Why does Winston go off on his own? What activities is he losing out on?
Winston goes off on his own and walks the prole district. By strolling he misses out on the neighborhood activites and it might cause suspicion. He may get into problem for this.
What is life like in the proles’ end of London?
Life for the proles’ was not better then the Party; they lived in shanty towns. One vital part to keep in mind, however, is that the Proles were FREE! They were not controlled by BB.
What does Winston think about after his discussion with the old guy in the pub?
Winston now makes a severe attempt to find a connection with the past. Winston knows that his actions imply particular torture and death, yet he continues to browse, hoping that he is not alone, that another person feels as he does.
What does Winston discover at Mr. Charrington’s shop?
Winston finds a glass paperweight at Mr. Charrington’s store. It is considerable since A “vision of the glass paperweight” motivated Winston to rent the room above the shop.
What is Mr. Charrington like?

Mr. Charrington is an old guy who sells scrap in a second hand shop in the proles district.

Mr. Charrington first provides himself as a kind, old store owner, with an interest in products of the past. Keep an eye on him! He alters throughout the story!!

What does Winston believe when he sees the dark-haired woman outside Mr. Charrington’s shop?
Upon leaving the store, Winston sees the dark-haired girl from the fiction department. He is sure that she is following him and is a spy for the Idea Cops. He also envisions smashing her in the head with a cobblestone or the paperweight he has actually just acquired.
How does one’s own body betray a person?
Any subtle movement revealing hate of the party can cost your life.
Why does Winston question Church bells sounding in London?

When in Mr. Charrington’s store, he sees a picture of an old church. This image makes him remember a rhyme:

“Oranges and lemons, state the bells of St. Clement’s
You owe me 3 farthings, say the bells of St. Martin’s.”

Winston does not keep in mind ever actually hearing church bells.

Rather of spending a night at the Community Center, where does Winston go?
Winston, avoiding a night at the Recreation center, walks through the prole part of town.
What does the Newspeak term “ownlife” suggest?
“Ownlife” implies individualism and eccentricity, or a desire to do something for your own advantage and not for the advantage of Huge Brother. It was not a good thing in 1984.
After the battle, what does Winston see depending on the street?
The bomb demolished a group of houses up the street. He saw a human hand severed at the wrist lying on the ground.
What is the one public event to which the proles pay attention?
The Lottery game, with its weekly pay-out of huge prizes, was the one public occasion to which the proles paid major attention.
What is various about the room above Charrington’s shop?
The space above Mr. Charrington’s store does not have a telescreen in it. They believe they can not be seen by Huge Brother.
Why does Winston strategy to return to the shop?
Who does Winston talk with in the Bar?
In the Club, Winston talk with an old male. The old man is a prole.

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