1984 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Try to imagine what it would be like to live in a country like Oceania where you are constantly watched by government agents. How would you feel?

I wouldn't be able to act normally, because I would constantly be afraid that what I was doing was illegal and I would go to prison. I would probably never be able to get used to the feeling of being watched, and would never be able to feel comfortable and relaxed. I would want to escape and move to a different country where people can actually be free.

2. What is unusual about Winston's telescreen, and why is it important?

Winston's telescreen is unusual because it is placed on the long wall rather than the short wall. Normally in Oceania, telescreens are placed so that they can see the entire room; Winston's allows him to sit in the corner and remain unseen. It is here that he writes his secret diary.

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