1984 George Orwell Character Analysis

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Characters can be used to portray many different ideas and symbols. In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, there are many different characters, all with different purposes. There’s Winston, the rebellious protagonist. There’s Big Brother, the corrupt dictator that rules over the corrupt country that Winston lives in. However, behind these main characters, there are others that run deeper than the basic hero and villain. These characters are used to symbolize ideas, such as hope, they make the reader empathize with the protagonist, and they present new, outside concepts to the story. One personality that is used to symbolize a broader idea is Parsons, the symbol of hope in the novel who is a father of two that works with Winston and is represented as the ‘perfect…show more content…
To conclude, Parsons is a symbol of hope for rebellion because, despite his strong belief in Big Brother, he still carried rebellious ideas, even if not in his waking life. Secondly, there is Syme, another coworker of Winston’s who is hardly considered to be much of a friend but is the closest thing Winston has, and whose purpose is to make the reader empathize with Winston; He works as a writer for the Newspeak dictionary, which they are hoping will replace the old English language. His importance is first shown early in the novel, when Orwell writes, “One of these days… Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent.” (Orwell 47). This quote is explaining that Syme’s intelligence will get him vaporized. This is. important because it shows a contrast to Syme and Winston: They are both intelligent, however, Syme speaks out about his knowledge and says many things that he shouldn’t say. An example of Syme’s intelligence can be found when Syme says, “ ‘Orthodoxy means not thinking-not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.’” This quote is important because it shows how Syme recognizes what Big Brother is doing to his citizens- that he is enforcing orthodoxy

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