In George Orwell
's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
, the Two Minutes' Hate
is a daily period in which Party members of the society of Oceania
must watch a film depicting The Party's enemies (notably Emmanuel Goldstein
and his followers) and express their hatred for them.
Details in Nineteen Eighty-Four
The film and its accompanying auditory and visual cues (which include a grinding noise that Orwell describes as "of some monstrous machine running without oil") are a form of brainwashing
to Party members, attempting to whip them into a frenzy of hatred
and loathing for Emmanuel Goldstein
and the current enemy superstate. Apparently, it is not uncommon for those caught up in the hate to physically assault the telescreen
, as Julia
does during the scene.
The film becomes more surreal as it progresses, with Goldstein's face morphing
into a sheep as enemy soldiers advance on the viewers, before one such soldier charges at the screen
, submachine gun
blazing. He morphs, finally, into the face of Big Brother
at the end of the two minutes. At the end, the mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted viewers chant "BB" over and over again, ritualistically.
Within the book, the purpose of 'the hate' is said to satisfy the citizens' subdued feelings of angst
and hatred from leading such a censored lifestyle.
In one such Two Minutes' Hate, the audience is introduced to Inner Party
member and key character O'Brien
. Within the novel, hate week
is an extrapolation of the... Read More