To Orwell Today,


I am a grade 12 student. I am doing a presentation on some of the major symbols in 1984, and was wondering if I could get some information on what these particular topics symbolize:

2 + 2 = 5
Songs - the various ones in the novel
Room 101

I would really appreciate your help in these three, since I cannot find any strong points on them.

Thank you,

Greetings Zahraa,

You'll find some of your answers by reading the following excerpts from "1984", as well as the articles and essays listed at the bottom of these themes:

28.Reality Control

31.Love Nest and 37.We Are The Dead

44.Room 101

It would be interesting hearing back from you regarding what strong points you recognize, or if you have other questions or comments inspired by that reading.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

PS - I had a symbolic "Room 101" experience when I was on my way home from Rwanda in the summer of 2006:

OUT OF AFRICA (...A couple of hours later we touched down in Nairobi, Kenya and then a few hours after that in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where we would be spending two nights and one full day. We couldn't believe it when we got to our hotel in Addis Ababa and were given the key to our room and it was for Room 101:

Room 101

What could be more appropriate for an Orwell scholar specializing in "1984" than the infamous "Room 101" where Winston came face to face (literally) with his greatest fear. But we didn't take it as a bad omen, more of as an inside joke from the spirit of Orwell....)

Jackie Jura
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