Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell

Let me start by saying, it's not raining today, but I feel it in my bones that it will soon.. hopefully because it's crazy hot here in Texas! So, this is my first time reading this book. I know a lot of people have read it by now, but it's my first time. In school, we read Animal Farm, an equally eye opening book. I was so happy to finally read this book and I immersed myself in it. So now, let me tell you a little about it (SPOILER ALERT!)

A Little Bit of Background

George Orwell is a very renowned writer for a number of his books, including 1984. Now 1984 was actually written in 1949. Orwell wrote this book because of what was going on with the world at that time (WWII, communism, etc). He wrote this book as a warning to all that man can easily become manipulated if the right people know how to do it. It's a scary thought, and after reading it, it's something that could and has happened before. 

The main story follows a man named Winston who knows that the world is not right, but is not sure hot to go about that. Everywhere he turns, there is a monitor or people watching him, waiting for the slightest move to send you to the "thought police." Those who go to the thought police are almost never seen again.

What Was Enjoyable

What made this book enjoyable in a scary kind of way, was how real it gets. There is a part where Winston begs the thought police to take his girlfriend instead of him, even though he thought he would never hurt her in any way. When you get down to it, if your scared enough and get pushed around enough, you too can will defend your life with another's.

The whole world in which this book takes place, in a dystonpian country of Oceania in 1984, is really interesting to have come up with. Though, probably wasn't that hard, considering the time period this was written in. There is a lot of details and things explained that tie together that make this book intriguing.

One last thing I had to point out that was more interesting and intriguing than enjoyable, was howthe government changes history. They change history, so that the present can be explained and no one understands the past. They change words too, so that people cannot understand the feeling of wanting to overthrow the government, because they won't know how to express it. It's clever in a bad way, but very thought provoking.

"If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this of that event, it never happened-that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death (Orwell 34)."

What Was Least Enjoyable

The only thing I would have to say, is that the beginning was a little slow, at least for me. The other thing was that there are characters that are at the beginning then come out at towards the end and you kind of forget their name and have to go back to remind yourself who this person is. Other than that, I can't think of anything else that I did not like about this novel.


Overall, I would have to say this is a pretty good book. There is a reason teachers might make your read this in school and there's a reason it's still really popular. The ending, I have to say, is pretty sad from a psychological stand point, but if you have not read it, then I won't spoil it for you that much. Definitely pick this book up if you have not already done so. Or maybe see the it on Broadway (haven't seen it so can't say if it's good or not). Happy reading!

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"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows (Orwell 81)."

Friday, July 14, 2017

Rainy Thoughts: Ramen and People an Analogy

Hey everyone! It's been sunshine and rainbows in Texas during the day, but at night, thunder storms have been going off like crazy! Anyways, I'm half way done with school and I couldn't be more excited and terrrified (job wise) at the same time. Also, found my wedding dress (squeal). I have been in college for four years now and never have I once felt like a typical college kid in regards to food. I love to cook and frozen dinners just don't cut it for me (except pizza, mmm Totinos!).  For lunch, it's a different story, I eat what is there. So I decided to make ramen, stove top.

When I was younger, my mom use to cook ramen for me when I was sick or just as a lunch. When she would make it for me, she would break up the ramen into little pieces before putting it into the hot water on the stove. I use to think everyone ate ramen like this, until I went to my bestfriend's house. Her name is Shelby and when she made ramen noodles, I was surprised to see she didn't break the noodles at all! She just plopped it in there all at once.

Another incident about ramen was when I went to my fiance's house for the first time. His niece was eating ramen without the soup part!Just noodles! It then hit me, while I was cooking the ramen, that ramen can be a analogy for people.

Different people like to eat the same things but in different ways. Some people like having their ice cream in a cone, some like them in cup. Some people like folding their pizza in a taco, some people like using a knife and a fork. And some people like using the stove top to cook there ramen, while others like the microwave. Some people even choose shrimp flavored ramen over chicken!

As people, we may look different, sound different, have different background, hairstyles and skin color. But mostly all of us like to eat chicken, some put soy sauce in it, some cumin and garlic, and some with basil and oregano. No matter how we cook it, we all like the main ingredient, chicken. Thus, we are people that like the same things, but maybe just a tad different, and that's okay, because that is what makes us unique. We should be embacing and trying out how amazing these different recipes are, rather than shewing them away because they are different.

Ramen, it's more than just cheap food, it related to life. Enjoi!