The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
I still have it by heart.
I really enjoyed 1984. It was beautifully written, and I honestly can't say enough good about it. This year, I took European History, and I was surprised to see just how many Communist (and Nazi) practices Orwell borrowed for IngSoc.
1984 is the kind of book that changes every time you read it. There are some books I regret rereading (if they're not well-written or I don't feel like I gained anything from the new read) but 1984 is not one of them. The last time I read it was last summer, and it was just breathtaking. Part of it is because the writing is so intense. You may remember the story, but the power and force of the ideas and events of the actual book hit you again every time. You realize with horror again how oppressive IngSoc really is, how perfect and inescapable it is. It was almost beautiful. You re-experience Room 101 and witness
Another favorite quotation from the story:
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
Oh no. Now I feel like I have to go reread 1984 again, except I have three AP exams next week to study for. *sigh*