The voice of the book is a type warning that any overly controlling government can confine us. Orwell’s voice represents a warning against steps that a government might take in order to get power. 4. The tone is bleak. The purpose here is to be a warning as to what can happen when too much control is given to a government.
Living through the first half of the twentieth century, George Orwell watched the rise of totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Soviet Union. Fighting in Spain, he witnessed the brutalities of the fascists and Stalinists first hand. His experiences awakened him to the evils of a totalitarian government. In his novel 1984, Orwell paints a dark and pessimistic vision of the future where society is completely controlled by a totalitarian government. He uses symbolism and the character’s developments to show the nature of total power in a government and the extremes it will go through to retain that power by repressing individual freedom and the truth.
Outwardly, he could not be seen with her at all, or at least romantically. The two would have to strategically plan meeting places, such as a field and an abandoned church, in order to keep their forbidden love a secret. Winston knew in his heart that he loved her, but also knew that romantic relationships were illegal and bound with consequence. The outward concealing of their relationship along with the inward love that they shared gave the novel a romantic appeal that grasped the attention of readers. This also exposed the horrors of a dystopia, being that no one can truly be happy or lead his/her own
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.
(Orwell 233). Then a little bit later Winston asked “Who denounced you?” then Parsons said “It was my little daughter” (Orwell 233). This shows how The Party is taking advantage over people so they can have power to do what they want. When Julia and Winston were captured by O’Brien,who was a spy for the Party, he put them in separate rooms, questioned and tortured Winston so he would give up Julia and confess.
The heroic efforts by Winston and Julia were completely thwarted. Winston had finally shown signs that he could be a hero. But they were ruined by O’Brien. Julia and Winston are forced to separate and then they are both subject to torture. The downfall of Winston begins at this point, any heroic signs that had begun to sprout out of Winston were utterly destroyed.
Orwell wrote this novel after World War II was over, and during the beginning of the Cold War. After having just experienced the fall of the Nazis and the rise of another strong world power, Russia. Orwell was using what occurred during the wars to predict an impending gloomy dystopian future. In his novel, the totalitarian government would be known as Big Brother, who watches over everyone and everything in Oceania. Big Brother was meant to symbolize how the world would be under a totalitarian communist government.
Once Julia has given Winston the note that says ‘I love you’ on it, they begin meeting each other in private, but Winston is not sexually attracted to Julia like she is to him; “Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow against the part. It was a political act” (Orwell, 104). In 1984 relationships are forbidden, unless to only reproduce children for the party, making Winston and Julia’s relationship extremely
Fahad Alrebdi Mr. John Smallwood ENG4U September 6, 2014 Julia and Winston In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell presents the protagonist, Winston Smith and his lover Julia in Oceania, under the rule of Big Brother. Under this totalitarian regime, both characters are Party members. Winston works in the Records department of the Ministry of Truth while Julia works in the Fiction department of the Ministry of Truth.
Winston is excited about the book, whereas Julia is seemingly uninterested; she even falls asleep while Winston reads it. Winston is interested in finding an explanation for the Party’s control and how it all begun. Contrary to that, Julia does
He finally finds love for Big Brother, and then gets vaporized and never seen again. Another character in the novel that also rebels against The Party but in a hidden manner is Julia. Julia protests The Party’s siege for power by loving and having sex with Winston and other guys. In the book, Julia’s first instance towards Winston was when she pretended to fall, and gave him a note saying, “I Love You.”
After meeting her, Winston realizes that he rebels because it is the only way to gain freedom. “The sexual act, successfully preformed, was rebellion. Desire was a thought crime” (Orwell, 68). In a way, Julia gives him the strength he needs to continue to fight for freedom. “I have not betrayed Julia” (Orwell, 273.)
His language, suited both for his audience, and still relevant today, creates a tense, somber atmosphere. His powerful descriptions highlight both the humanity of the prisoner as well as the brutality of those belonging to the establishment. His story is well paced and easy to follow, and I felt all the elements came together very convincingly. As it does not rely on statistic or figures, the atmosphere Orwell creates in “A Hanging” is crucial to its effectiveness. It is unrelentingly sad from start to finish, even as the officers laugh over drinks.
Although it is based in 1984, the social commentary it provides is most definitely applicable in this day and age. This novel analysis will touch briefly upon a few different subjects, such as symbolism and style, and the theme of the novel. Orwell has the amazing ability to keep the image of a dull,