Shakespeare and Orwell connect the values and beliefs of their readers when exploring violence in their novels Macbeth and 1984 through Macbeth himself and The Party. The novels both have a similar message about violence, but share it a different ways. In Macbeth the violence comes directly from Macbeth. In 1984 Winston shares about the violence of The Party from his view. The stories give two different views into the violence.
Having eliminated all bonds of human connection between individuals, the Party intended that ‘the sex instinct will be eradicated… neurologists shall abolish the orgasm’ where the high modal declaration depicts the frightening measures imposed by the administration to prevent revolution. Thus, the relationship between Winston and Julia serves as an outlet of instinct but is also an expression of rebellion against the status quo: ‘their embrace had been a battle…It was a political act.’ Further, the ‘glass paper weight’ motif serves as a reminder of the past, a beacon of hope but in the arrest shatters, signifying defeat to the state. Ultimately, as Winston falls short of liberation, he disintegrates into a shell of his former self: betraying Julia and becomes a mindless vehicle of the Party’s propaganda for Big Brother. Thus, demonstrating the futility of relationships between individuals under political overpower. However, the relationship symbolises a rejection of Party doctrine, parallel to Freder and Maria’s relationship in Metropolis, one acting as an apparatus to drive revolution and unification, relaying both authors contextual concerns of the people’s rejection of
In a society where members are oppressed and individuality is discouraged one would expect the members to be somber and depressed. Is it possible for someone to feel alive and have hope when living in this environment? One would expect that the answer is no and as one reads 1984 by George Orwell this would be reaffirmed. The protagonist Winston display symptoms of hopelessness and exasperation during Part 1. Then in part two Winston's tone shifts to hopeful even though his societal conditions have not changed. Winston forms a relationship with Julia and due to this he improves physically and mentally. This shift in tone can be presumably attributed to love.
In the book 1984, Winston’s “safe haven” is the idea of rebellion. Whether it is him dreaming of it, seeing Julia, or writing in his diary, he takes comfort in whatever act he can take against the Party. Much of the narrative has to do with Winston’s thought process. It is not an objective approach to the situation, and is therefore full of personality and opinion. Winston’s hopes and dreams of rebellion become a crucial part of the text, adding insight as well as limiting perspective to that of only one character.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the Party and the all-seeing Big Brother are notorious for heavily monitoring the general populace and using unorthodox methods of manipulation, fear and torture to maintain control. Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party, is privy to the ways of Big Brother and the technique used to control the past, and he rebels in many more ways than one. In the end, he comes to know the true meaning of torture and learns that paranoia and corruption are the harsh results of poisonous power.
To thrive under an oppressive government like the one presented in 1984, Julia must aim to evade the government rather than protest against it. In Julia’s actions against the Party, she is not assembling in large groups or attempting to change the beliefs of the government. She only aims to better her own life rather than to better the world around her, which protects her from being a real threat to those in power. Her varying lovers do not necessarily despise the government and all of its action, and their crime only disobeys one rule rather than the entire philosophy of the Party. The lack of real insubordination among the people of Oceania suggests that there is no way to escape totalitarianism due to its control of the government. When Julia has affairs with these men, she takes great caution, even avoiding any public display of communication. Unlike Winston, she does not see government capture as an inevitability, but rather the worst case scenario. In fact, Winston’s influence is the only reason she is
“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy”
I believe the past, present, and future are interconnected because of people, art, written records, and events. Today, people have access to all the knowledge they could ever want with just a few clicks on a keyboard. Ronald Reagan, George Orwell’s book 1984, and Mark Rothko’s paintings are all timeless parts of history for the United States. Each part gives us a glimpse into the past while also offering us a window into the future. I believe each of these things play a vital part in history and still have strong relations to today. We all learn something different from history. It is our personal history and experiences that define us.
Throughout the novel 1984 by George Orwell, the reader sees the relationship between Winston and Julia has high points and low points. 1984 is a novel about a future in which a totalitarianism government has complete control of the world. People have little freedom and are under constant surveillance by the government, known as the Party. Winston and Julia are only able to meet in private places, and so they cannot feel a connection that they are really in love with each other. They care more about defeating the party in their own way than actually loving each other. In today’s world, couples have lots of time to get to know each other and find out if they really love each other. Winston and Julia do not have that luxury, and only can spend a few hours together. They do not know each other well, and cannot know if they are really in love. Winston and Julia’s relationship was more for personal gain rather than for love itself. Winston sees the relationship as a chance for him to have an ally in being against the
In Oceania, the Party works to make sure love between partners is eliminated, for the individual can only truly love Big Brother. Winston, looking for a way to rebel, finds Julia, who is just as rebellious as he is. The secret of their affair is against the law not only because they are having sex, but also because both are willing to commit thought-crime. (pattern 16) Winston professes, “...We disbelieve in the principles of Ingsoc. We are thought-criminals. We are also adulterers...” This reveals that although Winston and Julia know what they are doing is deliberately against the law, the passion they have for each other allows them to continue this affair.
Love is not an uncommon subject. It is heard all the time in countless books and movies. The reason the concept is so common is because love is an emotion easy to relate to. People long to be in love, to feel love, and to give love. Love has a power that ultimately affects everyone in its path. George Orwell’s novel, 1984 illustrates the power that love can have on an individual throughout the book. In the beginning of the book 1984, Winston struggles with conforming to the government and does everything in his power to protect his thoughts from the Party. The knowledge that he holds could get him vaporized in no time. Winston is looking for an outlet for his rebellion and turns to the idea of an underground organization whose specific purpose is to cause the downfall of the government. During the process of his private search, a love interest emerges into Winston’s life. A passed note is all that is required to spark Winston’s fancy and eventually turns into a full-blown affair. Instances like this demonstrate the influence that love and lust can have on an individual. George Orwell’s 1984 is a prime example of how love can affect a person’s thoughts and actions.
Both Nineteen Eighty-Four and A Clockwork Orange present their protagonists as memorable losers through the use of history, the distinctive language and the chronological structure emphasising contrast. The “protagonist” is the leading character of the story: which is Winston in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Alex in A Clockwork Orange. The phrase “memorable losers” is a paradox, as losers are often the ones who are forgotten, which is the opposite of the heroes who are remembered. Winston and Alex are both memorable because they dare to challenge social norms that others mindlessly obey, but they are losers because whilst they have courage, they lack the ability to achieve lasting change. Winston is the only one who dares to challenge the totalitarian
After Winston is taken by the thought police into the Ministry of Love, he is completely brainwashed, Orwell says “He loved Big Brother” (298). His internal struggle with Julia is also finished, as they both admit they are no longer in love with each other. Julia says to Winston, “‘And after that, you don’t feel the same toward the other person any longer’” and Winston replies, “‘No,’... ‘you don’t feel the same any longer”’(292). Without his rebellious thoughts and Julia there to encourage them, Winston’s internal battle is finally finished. He no longer has to fight between orthodoxy and unorthodoxy; he is at peace with himself and the Party. Orwell says, “... the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself” (298). By fully submitting to the Party with his mind, his internal conflict is finished; His battle against the Party is finally
Winston is the protagonist of 1984. During the novel Winston’s hatred for Bring Brother and The Party grows as the novel progresses until he is captured. When Winston is captured we see his true colours and why he is not a protagonist. One of the main things Winston does to develop as a character is form a love with Julia. This shows that he is willing to rebel against The Party and in turn becomes more human. While captured, Winston rescinds all love he ever showed for Julia while trapped in Room 101. When he shouted ,“Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don’t care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! ! Not me!” ( Orwell 300). A true hero would not sell out their true love in order to save themselves. As well this also sends Winston’s character growth back to where it started The final lines of the book are, “He had one the victory over himself. He loved Big brother”(Orwell 311). These are quite possibly the most important words in the book because it shows that Winston shows that he is exactly the same as when he started he journey against big brother. This leaves reader disappointed and wanting more because they wanted winston to succeed and live happily ever after with Julia as the rebel against big brother but that doesn’t end up happening. This quote gives a perfect summary of Winston when the book
The third chapter discusses George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty- Four as a dystopian novel. The publication of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four has won him name and fame. The novel is a frightening portrait of a totalitarian society where love is punished, privacy is lost and truth is distorted. He uses a grim tone to differentiate from his other novel Animal Farm which is a satire on the communist government of the Soviet Union under Stalin. Nineteen Eighty-Four is written in the custom of the Utopian novel, and is perhaps best defined as a dystopian novel, literally the opposite of a perfect society.