In this passage Orwell uses emotive language, specific punctuation as well as other themes found previously in the book to create a rising tension and a sense of horror in this passage. Also, given this passage is set in a place where Julia and Winston thought they would be safe, it is ironic that they are captured in it. Therefore, the surprise of the attack adds to the horror of the passage. Orwell also uses emotive words, which add to the increasing tension and horror of the invasion. For example, in this passage there are a lot of references to loud, sudden noises, such as, ‘snap’, ‘crash’ or ‘clang’.
This adds to the tension because these words are almost onomatopoeic, causing the reader to become as startled as Winston when the words are read. Orwell also uses the word ‘stampede’, which suggests a loud, onrushing noise and panic. This leads the reader to panic too because of the uncertainty of what is to come. Towards the end of the passage Orwell uses the word ‘meditatively’ to describe one of the thought police. This suggests that he is thinking which seems uncharacteristic given the robotic way Orwell describes them.
Orwell also uses a lot of short sentences followed by long sentences in this passage. For example, in the last paragraph, Orwell writes, ‘The man protruded the time of a white tongue, licked the place where his lips should have been and then passed on. There was another crash. ‘ This accentuates the clipped sentence at the end and creates a panicked atmosphere because when the reader is reading the passage it is similar to the thoughts racing through Winston’s mind very quickly. Therefore, it put the person in Winston’s place where the atmosphere is very tense.
It also seems more like Winston’s thoughts because Orwell begins to write in incomplete sentences. For example, ‘Unthinkable to disobey the iron voice from the wall. ‘ This sentence makes the passage seem as though Orwell adds to the horror of this extract by the way he describes the thought police. For example, Orwell describes the thought police as having ‘truncheons’ and ‘white tongues’. This adds to the horror because they are neither human nor robotic. This would lead to uncertainty about their capabilities and cause a lot of tension to build up.
He again adds to the horror because of the way Orwell reveals how Winston was deceived. For example, after this passage when Winston sees how Mr. Charrington has changed and realises that he is a member of the though police. This leads to a horrific atmosphere because the reader has also been deceived so they experience first hand how easy it is to trust the wrong people though Winston’s delusions. In conclusion, Orwell uses emotive words, sentence structure, specific punctuation and Winston’s delusions to create a sense of horror that is portrayed effectively to the reader.