Imagine you are adapting your novel into a film. Come up with at least 3 songs (title and artist) that you would use in the soundtrack, and embed links to the songs on your page. Explain in what part of the story the song would play, and why you think it would be an effective choice for that section of the book.
This song would be played at the start of chapter 6 at the end of the book when Winston is sitting in the cafe. I think this would be an effective choice for that section of the book because of the lyrics of the song as they talk about the effects of war. The title of the song itself could be a metaphor for how even though the telescreen says Oceania has captured all of Africa and they have won the war, no one technically won the war because of the lyric of the song, which talks about the negative damages of war and in the book they are mentioned as well; twenty to thirty rocket bombs fall on London each week, and also the fact that Winston has lost the battle with himself, allowing himself to die the way the party wanted, while loving Big Brother, brainwashed to be ignorant.
This song would be played when Syme got vaporized because the lyrics of the song are about a lonely person’s life and death and how no one showed up for the funeral. Though Syme had people whom he hung out with, Winston and Parson, he didn’t have friends, similar to everyone else in the story as they are all isolated. I think this song is a great portrayal of Syme and others who get evaporated, as no one in the book will even mention a person who got vaporized again or they will end up the same as the person. Furthermore, I think the line “Father McKenzie Wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave” could be tied to how easily the Thought Police gets rid of Thoughcriminals as they have no remorse for them, and no one else ever thinks about that person again.
This song would be played when Julia and Winston are separated by the Thought Police as neither of them know when they will meet again or if they will ever meet again. I think it is an effective song at that moment because neither Julia nor Winston know what they will be in for after their arrest. Additionally, they don’t know if they will be the same person. The lyrics of the song have a sense of innocence, naivety and hopefulness to it, for example, “Keep smiling through, just like you always do, 'Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away,” which, I think, Julia and Winston also exhibit before being brought to the Ministry of Love as they were never taught what exactly would happen to one when they are vaporized.