English 1984 to Modern Day after 9/11, English homework help


The Assignment

Write a paper of ten or more pages discussing an aspect of the life Winston experienced in 1984 which has a parallel in contemporary, post 9/11/2001 American life. If you choose you may use the ideas explored in class this term.  You are required to incorporate the ideas set forth by Bly or Sanford (shadow), Huxley, and Orwell into your paper; you must include one other academic journal article for a minimum of four required citations. 

  • Use MLA style,
  • Include a Works Cited list
  • Write in third person and literary present
  • Integrate at least one quotation from each of the four required sources.

Four Required Citation Sources: Use as many other sources as you choose

The following may be cited anywhere in the paper

1.One Academic journal of your choice

2. Orwell, George: 1984

3. Human shadow

Bly, Robert:  A Little Book on the Human Shadow
Sanford, John: “What the Shadow Knows” Sun Magazine Interview 

 4. Huxley, Aldous Propaganda under a Dictatorship”


 Huxley, Aldous “Propaganda in a Democratic Society”

Use your journal article, Huxley and/or the shadow either in the 1984 section or in the contemporary America section.

 Papers of fewer than ten pages will receive a lowered grade. Late final papers -10

  • 9 pages -2
  • 8 pages -5
  • 7 pages -10
  • 6 pages -15
  • 5 pages -20

 Final paper suggested structure

Introduction about 1 page

Thesis statement includes the area of 1984 that is present in contemporary America

1984 section about 3.5 – 4 pages

Written as an analytical report/summary and establishes the ground for the contemporary parallel

Covers the events, practices and qualities present in the novel that also operate in the contemporary American area you have chosen to cover

General questions to address

What is the significance of the aspect in 1984 regarding

the novel as a whole?

 how it functioned in Big Brother’s world?

how it served Big Brother’s and the Party’s purposes?

its influence on how the people of Oceania lived?

how it contributes to Orwell’s overall message?

Use your journal article, Huxley and/or the shadow either in the 1984 section or in the contemporary America section. All sources must be used in the paper.

Contemporary America section about 3.5 -4 pages

Written in a comparison/contrast mode

Introduce and discuss the contemporary American life parallel you chose to write about and how it plays out in contemporary American life

What makes the quality you chose parallel to 1984?

How does its function compare to Big Brother’s world?

What Orwellian purposes does it serve?

How does the aspect influence how the American people live?

Show how that aspect is parallel to some aspect of the life Winston experienced in 1984

discuss the similarities and differences between the novel and present day

explicitly state the parallels and demonstrate functional similarity between the two

explicitly connect the dots between Orwell’s novel and American contemporary culture

Use your journal article, Huxley and/or the shadow either in the 1984 section or in the Contemporary America section. All sources must be used in the paper.

Conclusion about 1 -2 pages

Sum up your findings and argument including

your observations regarding 1984 and today

the connections you made between both 1984 and today

the message you intended for your reader


1984 not 1984 unless you are referring to a calendar date

Capitalize the following; do not use quotation marks:

Inner Party, Outer Party, Big Brother, Thought Police, Newspeak

Do not capitalize the following or use quotation marks:

 telescreens, thoughtcrime, doublethink, proles,

Slogans: “IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” or “Ignorance Is Strength”


Write in third person ONLY

Use literary present when quoting or discussing the words and ideas of sources

John Stnadford


Huxley in Dictaorship


Propaganda in a Democratic Society


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