Persuasive Essay assignment.

| June 19, 2015

Persuasive Essay assignment.
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1. Read the excerpt from the novel 1984 – http://www.readprint.com/chapter-7600/George-Orwell. You need to locate the paragraph that begins with "Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds…" and read the rest of the excerpt. If you wish, you may read the entire excerpt. Extra reading is always a benefit for students.

2. Using a mind-map, explain how the "Two Minutes of Hate" functions.

3. a) Do you agree with Orwell’s perspective that people will join in mass hysteria regardless of their viewpoints?

"The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp. Thus, at one moment Winston’s hatred was not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police; and at such moments his heart went out to the lonely, derided heretic on the screen, sole guardian of truth and sanity in a world of lies. And yet the very next instant he was at one with the people about him, and all that was said of Goldstein seemed to him to be true."

 
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