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Soundtrack Explanation Essay

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Paragraph: I chose this song because it reminds me of when Winston Smith was imprisoned and tortured by O'Brien in the Ministry of Love, and metamorphosed into loving Big Brother again. The lyric, “They'll split your pretty cranium, and fill it full of air” almost directly relates to when O'Brien says, “We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them.” They symbolically split Winston's head and filled it full of bull that would soon enough convert his beliefs into loving Big Brother once again.

Paragraph: I chose this song because it reminded me of what Winston repeated throughout the novel. The lyric(s), “Now we see everything that's going wrong with the world and those who lead it, we just feel like we don't have the means to rise above and beat it,” reminded me of how the people of Oceania, despite what they see, take no action to overthrown the Party. ““If there is hope,’ wrote Winston, ‘it lies in the proles.’” It also reminds me of how “the party could not be overthrown from within.” In the song above he says, “Cause when they own the information, oh they can bend it all they want,” which reminded me of how the Party controls the future and the past; they alter history/news based on what they want their people to know. As well, Winston is “waiting on the world to change” from it's current state to something better.

Paragraph: I chose this song because it represents one of the many themes of 1984; Big Brother. Throughout the novel Winston continuously mentions how Big Brother, the face of the Party, is everywhere as reassurance to the people that they are being protected (his name brother gives off a protective vibe) but at the same time he is watching down on you (“BIG BROTHER IS WATCH-
ING YOU”) and you can never escape his gaze. As well, the Party is constantly watching it's citizens through telescreens, microphones, thought police, etc and somehow still have the people loving them body and soul no matter what they do to their citizens. In the novel...

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