23.2.10

QUOTE: This connection never occurred to me before, and probably exists nowhere else outside Christopher Hitchens' head, but was interesting nevertheless:

Part of the greatness of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, it has always seemed to me, is its conscious analogy to the English Reformation. The Inner Party is the holder of a secret book, on which profane eyes may not gaze, and the public language of the dictatorship is a jargon designed to obliterate the very possibility of free thought. Regular rituals of execration denounce the infidel and the Evil One. Over the scene rules an Eternal Father, or rather Big Brother. The struggle of the dissenter is to find a tongue in which to speak: a vernacular that is, as the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England so quaintly yet memorably put it, one “understanded of the people.”

1 comment:

Alex said...

Some of still do exams like that. Sounds like my qualifying exam. And I didn't get any choices--6 out of 6 required.