The Role Of Winston In George Orwell's 1984

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In life, perception and reality rarely parallel; similarly, this idea is true for Winston in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Winston 's unyielding beliefs that a rebellion - due to Big Brother’s “ all seeing manifestation” (“1984” 15) - is crucial is fostered by two men Winston believed to be trustworthy: O’Brien and Charrington. However, in the end they betray him as they expose Winston as a traitor to the Party and Big Brother. From the beginning of the literary work, Winston opposes Big Brother and is in favor of a rebellion. Winston strongly feels that “if there is any hope, it lies in the proles” (Orwell 69). Within the pages of his diary, “Winston writes... that if there is hope, it lies in this 85% of Oceania’s population” ( “1984” 15). Winston believes the people are living a “fearful li[fe]” (“1984” 15) with strict, rigid rules as they live in a homogenous population. Furthermore, Winston is the only one who realizes the…show more content…
Charrington noticed Winston was highly fascinated with the illegal artifacts; therefore, Charrington offered Winston a “room upstairs [he] might want to take a look at” (Orwell 96). In result, Winston somehow feels connected to Charrington. Over the course of several weeks, Charrington broadens Winston’s history of the past with nursery rhymes and historical keepsakes as Charrington teaches winston how to keep the past alive. The Party and Big Brother attempt to rewrite history, so the idea of keeping the past alive intrigues Winston and fosters his ideology. Winston frequences the room Charrington provides for him as he knows that it is a private place with no telescreen, an “ instrument of … totalized surveillance” (“1984” 17). Until, he realizes that he has been tricked and a telescreen “was behind the picture” (Orwell 221) the entire time. Charrington’s loyalties were with the thought police; consequently, Charrington turns Winston over to the
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