The premise that Winston harbored hate for Big Brother was evident from the beginning. Albeit this circumstance, the party macerated any semblance of Winston’s concepts as he loves Big Brother in the end. An example of his change is admitted as follows, “forty years it had taken him to learn what smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache”. Surprising as it is, the raw strength of the dystopian party bis noted to afflict everyone, in the end, everyone is “vaporized”.
The main character in this story is Winston Smith who in constantly living in fear of what The Party will do to him if he is caught saying something negative about them or about Big Brother, who is the leader of The Party. An example of Winston being controlled by fear is when Julia, a woman who was following him, sent him a letter saying that she loved him. “drew the next batch of work toward him, with the scrap of paper on top of it. He flattened it out. On it was written, in a large unformed handwriting: I love you.” (Orwell 108). Winston thought for sure that the Party was monitoring him and that he would get caught and taken away. Winston was always worried about being punished for thought crime. Mr. Parsons, whose children were spies and informed on their father, was taken away because of what he had said about The Party, “Down with big brother!’ Yes, I said that”’ (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 Party and O’ Brien wanted to break Winston’s spirit. The only way he knew how to do this was to use fear by destroying whatever strength Winston had. Fear can also brainwash a person into thinking something is right or something is wrong. For example, when he was released by O’Brien he believed in The Party’s teachings and beliefs. “forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache…He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” (Orwell 298). The only reason that Winston changed his mind was
Totalitarian governments can be brutal and can completely destroy an individual’s sense of self. Orwell’s 1984 shows, through the struggles of Winston Smith, a vision of what such an evil empire might look like, and a potential future under the power of a corrupt
During a daily exercise known as the Two Minutes Hate, all Party members view a video usually featuring a speech denouncing the Party’s ideals and advocating for freedom and democracy. Even though Winston secretly supports these principles, he feels compelled to and even cannot avoid joining the frenzy of the Hate, entering a blind but abstract rage. He mentions that, “And yet that rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp. Thus, at one moment Winston’s hatred was not not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police….(Orwell 14). This is how Winston’s fear differs from that of other people’s. They always conform by directing their contempt towards enemies of the Party and fear those conspiring against it. Through the threat of rebellion and sabotage, citizens are kept in fear and have their hate directed at the Party’s enemies and are manipulated to rely on it for protection. Winston, however, fears the Party and its total control on his life and on society. He secretly harbors dreams of a revolution and the destruction of the Party. His failure to be manipulated is later rectified through other tactics until he becomes a “perfect” member of society, relying on and loving the Party. Citizens of Oceania are constantly manipulated with fear to rely on the government for
The Big Brother controlled dystopia that Winston lives in is the representation of humanity’s evil side. Humanities evil side really is the worst parts of us that makes us human. Controlling, manipulative, spiteful, selfish, harmful, saddistic are characteristics of evil proccesses done by humans. Difference between an "evil" person and a "good" person is how much these traits persist and dominate over the good traits. Big Brother and the inner party members express what we would see as evil. The strong sense of control and manipulation in there ways relate to humanitys evil side. “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” pg.279 This way of thinking in our society is seen as controlling and destructive, we would think of a person with these traits as evil. We live in a society that is a democracy and the people in the society all have
The entire idea behind many of the things mentioned in the passage are used to scare the citizens into acting appropriate, whatever that may mean. From the “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” posters to the telescreens in what appear to be in every household, there are constant reminders that the thought police, or the government is right there. It is a society that not only loves fear, but it runs off it. Without that fear in solid place, the entire society falls apart. Fear of being caught, fear of the government, fear of the world, fear of “BIG BROTHER.” Just fear. Another thing about Winston’s world is it seems to be very one track, isolated, and not at all friendly. In the passage, it doesn’t once mention another voice or human being, not even a cat or dog scurrying along down a hallway. With the exception of the voice on the telescreen, the only voice being heard is Winston’s. He seems to either live alone, or be home at odd times of the day, when his family is nowhere to be found. Winston’s world is a fear-filled box run by one group of people, managed by one group of people, and in total control from that same one group of
In the book 1984, written by George Orwell there is a man named Winston Smith. In this book Winston is constantly being watched by what they know as big brother. Big brother would watch them through their telescreens. There was nothing he could say or do without big brother knowing. There was laws against people who wanted to rebel. even thinking of rebelling was illegal. The party also referred to as big brother purpose was to make the place they lived under their control. Winston job was helping them in their quest for power. He would alter their history to the liking of the party. They would change up who their allies were and the enemies. Through the book you learn more about how the party keeps watch on the people, what they do to them, and how they speak to them. How Winston wants to join the brotherhood and how hes eventually caught and killed.
As a result of Winston’s neglect of the rules, he was able to maintain his own perspective, as he attempted to defeat Big Brother’s ‘sinister plan’. “You’re a flaw in the pattern, Winston. You are a stain that must be wiped out….when finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will,” stated O’Brien (page 255). In the book, free will depicted the Ministry’s truthful judgments of the state of mind, which happened to correspond to Winston’s freedom of beliefs. When O’Brien was torturing Winston, he revealed Big Brother’s notions of simply destroying the rebelling mind of any person who had dared to testify against The Party’s core values. In future pages, O’Brien states, “Oceania is at war with Eurasia” (page 257). One really does not know if Oceania is actually at war with Eurasia. In no common reference was it ever admitted that the two powers had at any time been grouped along different lines, but, since it was merely a sense of stealthy knowledge, the citizens of Oceania had put all of their trust into The Party. The citizens’ trust symbolized the destruction of language and the need for society to formerly return to
In 1984, George Orwell shows how a totalitarian dystopia can mentally control its citizens through devices such as indoctrination and abuse. The main character, Winston, spends the majority of the book trying to gain power back from the Big Brother, the supposed leader of Oceania and the face of the ruling Party. Despite his best efforts, Winston’s rebellion fails and he ends up back under the control of Big Brother. The Party psychologically oppresses the citizens of Oceania, forcing them to believe in their societal values. All rebellion is rendered void because all the people have become Big Brother’s spies. Through mental repression, power over their lives, and emotional and physical connection, the Party was able to manipulate and destroy
Winston keeps a diary and writes all of his thoughts down, this is know as thoughtcrime in 1984 (Moss and Wilson). In Winston’s diary most of the things he writes are thoughts about Big Brother and everything he thinks about him. Everyone in this society is supposed to love the Party and worship Big Brother. Winston does not think that Big Brother is all that good and he would like to see someone take down the Party. Someone who does not see Big Brother as a perfect figure in all ways, is considered a threat to the society because they could potentially try to persuade others into thinking the same and then the Party would not be able to control their society. This is one of the many things that lead to the Party keeping a close eye on Winston, he is guilty of thoughtcrime in all different
Winston witnesses several forms of propaganda used in the novel to promote the Party, specifically the Two Minutes Hate showing everyday that promotes the Party and makes anyone against the Party an enemy. Describing the powerfulness of this showing, Orwell writes "“The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary." This form of propaganda is shown to have an effect on all of the citizens, even Winston who is able to see through some of the Party 's flaws. Through this propaganda, it is obvious that the Party is able to manipulate and change minds into believing and rooting for their own ideas without any awareness. This sly method allows the government to have heavy influence on the once most private part of a human being, their own
In the world of Oceania there are many control mechanisms that are used to keep the members of the society with the most power.. Winston Smith, the main character in George Orwell's 1948 novel “1984” demonstrates plenty of the ways Oceania controls. Prime examples of this would be their usage of propaganda, surveillance, and language control.
A world of suppressed beliefs sparks the most defiant and innovative ideas. In the book, 1984 by George Orwell, the dystopian super state Oceania attempts to stifle any unorthodox ideas of their citizens with the use of spies, cameras, and most notably a new language called Newspeak. With Newspeak, the government plans to create a language in which the speaker will not have a way to express any thoughts or ideas deemed unorthodox. There are some characters in the book that realize what the government is trying to do, which the reader comes to find out that knowing too much becomes a considerable mistake. All power lies in the government, so no one dares to question anything, even when a comrade disappears. In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith, Julia, and O’Brien are all considered unorthodox characters, but each character expresses their unorthodox qualities in different ways.
Winston always had his suspicions about O’Brien and whether or not he refused the orthodoxy of Oceania. His suspicions were confirmed when O’Brien invited Winston to his home which is an extremely abnormal occurrence due to the fact that friendships are frowned upon. Next, Winston and Julia appear at O’Brien’s residence only to inquire about O’Brien’s views. After being completely assured about O’Brien’s insubordination, Winston is open to someone besides Julia about his stance on Big Brother. Then, O’Brien offers Winston a manifesto of the most famous rebel of Big Brother Emmanuel Goldstein; Unfortunately, this would be Winston’s last act of defiance before he is captured and tortured into submission.
“War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength,” (Orwell 6). George Orwell the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, heavily influenced by the events of World War Two used these slogans in predicting what the world could become. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel set in a dystopian society however, it is rooted in much of world history during the 1900’s. By examining this history one becomes aware that George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four portrays the effects generated by the fear of World War Two and prophesizes what the world could be like if that fear is perpetuated.