The differences in the tones of Book One, Chapter One and Book Two, Chapter Two in George Orwell's 1984 are striking. Chapter one has a more gloomy tone that Chapter Two. In Chapter One, the city, London, is described as, 'look[ing] cold... when little eddies of wind [are[ whirling dust and torn paper, ... ther seemed to be no color' (6). This quote paints a picture of gloominess then Winston is shown to the reader as being discontent with society and hating BIG BROTHER.
Winston expresses his thoughts in a 'peculiarly beautiful book. Its smooth, creamy paper, a little yellow by age... .' (9). Just the description of the journal itself seems rather gloomy. Even the description of the, through which 'BIG BROTHER is watching' (5), seems gloomy.
'The [flat, gloomy] voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror' (6). The tone of this Chapter is definitely more gloomy. Book Two, Chapter Two has a decidedly happier tone. The surroundings are described so that 'the air seems to kiss ones skin' (98). This gives one the picture of a beautiful spring day. The landscape painted with 'bluebells so thick underfoot that it [is[ impossible not to tread on them' (98).
Winston acts much happier in this chapter, also. He seems to act more naturally, possible due to the free, outdoor setting. Winston's feelings are described as 'incredulity and pride. He [is] glad that this [is] happening to him' (100).
Winston shows more overall happiness and excitement which contribute to the happy tone of Chapter Two. Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovic h, Inc. , 1949.