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Classic Connections

02 Nov

We’ve had a few series that have popped up during the lifetime of this blog: Stupid Questions, Classic Word of the Day, What’s on My Nightstand?.
Maybe it’s time to add another series: Classic Connections?  Literary Links? Book Bridges?

I’m not sure what to call it, but as we get closer to the end of the novel list, things keep popping up that remind me of previous titles.  Sometimes is a quote from the text.  Sometimes it’s a different literary device like a theme, motif or symbol.  Sometimes it’s an actual literary device.

In chapter viii of Book 1 Winston takes a trip through the prole neighborhood.  It’s risky behavior.  The dark-haired girl spots him.  Whether she “spies” him we don’t know.  For a moment Winston ponders bludgeoning her with his newly purchased paperweight.

He might have silenced the dark-haired girl if only he had acted quickly enough; but precisely because of the extremity of his danger he had lost the power to act.  It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy but always against one’s own body.

After reading this passage I thought of Crime and Punishment’s Raskolnikov”, another character whose body worked against him when he was trying desperately to keep a secret.

Have you made any connections between Winston Smith and other WEM characters?

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3 Comments

Posted by on November 2, 2013 in 1984

 

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3 responses to “Classic Connections

  1. Jenni

    November 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Here’s one I saw. When I read the scene with the rat in the hide-out, I thought of the rat scene in Native Son. Now I’m wondering if that’s symbolic now that I’ve read a little further.

     
    • Christine

      November 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Good connection! I too will have to keep reading to see if the rat returns. I rather hope not!

       

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