How Does Winston Have Power In 1984

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In George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, a dystopian society is created and set in socialist England. The government is a cruel, tyrannical, totalitarian entity with a fearful grip on each party’s citizens including the main character, Winston Smith. Throughout the novel, Winston expresses his fear and displeasure of the party’s philosophy, Ingsog, which forces him to abide under its control. In 1984, Orwell highlights the negative aspects of socialism and how tyrannical governments hold power. The Inner Party runs every aspect of life. Winston is considered an Outer Party member and works for the Ministry of Truth. His job consists of continuously rewriting and revising the past in newspapers, which goes out to the public. Winston must keep …show more content…

The Party is on constant watch at all times through the use of the Thought Police, which monitors personal, political and disloyal thoughts deplored by the Party. This becomes a big issue with Winston because he begins to fall into his emotions and lust for Julia. The Party views sex as a threat to their success, “ It was not merely that sex instinct created a world of its own which was outside the Party’s control and which therefore had to be destroyed…when you make love you’re using energy and afterwards you feel happy and don’t give a damn about anything. They can’t bear you to feel like that.” Orwell shows that the Party needs total control and power over physical aspects like sex in order to flourish as a whole. The Party strips Oceania of knowing any sort of feeling especially love towards another because it is seen as a way of competing with loyalty to the State. Instead of love, the Party substitutes leader-worship and patriotic feeling for Big …show more content…

The Party continuously keeps the people of Oceania in a state of physical exhaustion. Anyone that thinks differently or disobeys this law is punished and brainwashed through systematic and brutal torture. Winston experiences this great torture throughout the end of the novel and comes to the conclusion that nothing is harsher than pain and no feeling or emotion can overcome it. The Party completely shapes the victims minds into how they desire through physical torture in means of controlling

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