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what is face crime in the book 1984?

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    It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself -- anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.

    -- George Orwell, 1984

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  • fenn
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    3 years ago

    Face Crime 1984

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    A "thoughtcrime" was anything – even the slightest, fleeting emotion that could be detected by the Thought Police – that was perceived to be contradictory to the ideologies of The Party. Winston Smith, our protagonist, was captured, and subjected to arrest and what we can assume was indescribably horrific torture: torture that breaks you, torture that subjects you to your most deeply-seated fears, torture that reduces you to a shell of yourself, torture that makes you betray the ones you love. All this, until your mind breaks. Until you're a soulless mindless husk. Then they begin to fill your head with The Party's propaganda, until you come to love and adore Big Brother, lionizing, even deifying him. Once you have declared your love for Big Brother, they execute you. You become an Unperson – someone who no longer exists physically, but only perhaps in the minds of those who knew him. All evidence of your existence is erased – wiped off the face of the earth. No clothes, no address, no correspondence, no medical records, nothing.

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