Friday, April 14, 2017
Reading Period 24: April 14-20: 1984
1984 by George Orwell, Part 3
Matchbox Minute Movie:
In class we have been working on creating a matchbox that contains all the props and sets to film a one minute movie version of any book or narrative poem we've read in class this year. Your writing assignment is to write the script for your movie. Your movie can be from 50 to 70 seconds long, so your script will have to be extremely condensed! Post your script to Google+ to get feedback from your classmates. Your creative assignment is to finish up all your props, characters, and backdrops for your movie. You may find, as you write your script, that you need more props. You're welcome to use Lego, Sculpey, folded paper, other other tiny materials, but keep in mind that in order for your piece to meet the requirements of the assignment and be displayed in the Matchbox Museum on May 2, everything has to fit into the matchbox. When your script is written, post it. When your props and characters are all created, photograph them. If you do this, this counts as your writing assignment and creative assignment. It will also be what you use as your presentation for the year.
Create an illustration of room 101. You could use the visual elements from the book, or you could use imaginary elements that might appear if room 101 was used on you. You could illustrate it in the abstract, with all the fears and dreads of humans in nebulous form inside it. Or you could show it as an empty space inside someone's mind. Think before you begin, and show your most creative interpretation of room 101.
Chekhov's gun is a name for a certain type of foreshadowing. According to the playwright Chekhov, "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired." But the idea is more than just foreshadowing -- it also means that non-essential items don't belong in the story. So if a reader sees something in the story, the reader should be able to trust that it does have a purpose. If you see a gun on the stage, you should have the expectation that it will go off, and if a gun goes off, you should have the expectation that you would have already seen it before the scene where it fires. Plot elements don't fizzle into nothing, and they also don't come out of nowhere. Looking at the plot of 1984, do you notice any elements that are like "Chekhov's gun"? For example, the rat in the baseboard, or the spying children in the neighbors' apartment? Write a 250 word essay in which you explain what is meant by Chekhov's gun, identify one or two examples of it from the book, and say how they contribute to the plot.
1. Why is Ampleforth in prison?
2. Why is Parsons in prison?
3. What place in the prison do all the prisoners most want to avoid?
4. What does Winston find out about O'Brien?
5. How many fingers is O'Brien holding up during interrogation?
6. The book taught Winston how the party maintains power. O'Brien tells him *why* it maintains power. Why?
7. What is crimestop?
8. What is in room 101?
9. What would be in room 101 for you?
10. What is 2+2?