Are you an American prole?
Winston spends much time hoping the proles will rise in revolt against the Party.
He’s certain at times that because of their mass, 85% of Oceania’s population, the proles will recognize their oppression and rebel.
However, Winston must often acknowledge the futility of his plan to save humanity through a prole uprising.
This activity provides 26 excerpts about the proles from the text of 1984.
Each excerpt includes a question about the portrayal of the proles.
Students must then respond to a related “yes or no” question.
In the end, students tally their “yes” responses and refer to a chart to determine if they are the proles of America.
Here’s an example:
8. The narrator: “And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice. The great majority of proles did not even have telescreens in their homes.” (1.7)
What might be some “petty specific grievances” the proles might focus on?
Have you fixated on any personal petty grievance this month? Yes No
The personal questions are designed to prompt “yes” answers, subsequently having students recognize themselves as proles.
What follow are these questions:
• If you are a prole (or if you are not, for the sake of this activity), what must you become more conscious of in our society?
• How can you become more conscious?
• Do you think that 85% of the population in America are proles? Explain.
• What is the danger of having a society consisting predominately of proles?
This activity is a wonderful way to have kids realize their important role in society.
The activity sparks conversation about civic responsibility, the importance of communication, the necessary resistance of propaganda, the significance of history, the value of family and companionship, and so many more of the values Orwell intended for us to realize through study of his novel.
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Space is provided for student responses.
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