1. How do the citizens of Oceania (other than the Inner Party) help to create and maintain the dystopia of 1984? What would some authors from the list below suggest as solutions to prevent this from happening?
2. As Keith M. Booker (1994) notes, dystopian literature serves to provide fresh perspectives on problematic social and political practices that might otherwise be taken for granted or considered natural and inevitable (p.19). How does 1984 in particular do this? How do other texts (from the list below) suggest similar problems today or in the time period in which they were written?
3. How does 1984 represent consumerism? How would some of the texts (from the list below) criticize this form of consumerism?
Focus on 1984 and one or two of the other texts from the list provided below
List of Texts to Use (other than 1984)
* Incorporate one or two of the following other works we have studied this term into your discussion: Raymond Nickersons Why Teach Thinking?, George Orwells Politics and the English Language, Yonatan Zungers No, That Isnt Bad English, Mark Sloukas Dehumanized, Rudyard Kiplings The White Mans Burden, Chimamanda Adichies The Danger of a Single Story, Gabriel Garcia Marquezs A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Daniel Franciss The Bureaucrats Indian, Thomas Kings Borders, Barbara McLintock Cancerous Journalism, W. Lutzs With these Words I Can Sell You Anything, Real Womens Marriage Between a Man and a Woman, NARTHs Our Purpose, David Steeles Danger Lurks in a Biotech World, Stephen Jay Goulds Evolution as Fact and Theory, Robin Kimmerers Speaking of Nature, TS Eliots The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Margaret Atwoods God is in the Details, Wendell Berrys Agricultural Solutions for Agricultural Problems, Steven Stolls Fear of Fallowing.