In his influential novel, 1984, George Orwell uses a myriad of literary techniques, including themes, imagery, and motifs, to characterize life in post-revolution Oceania; he contrasts monotonous diction and curt sentence structure with vivid diction to emphasize the incompatibility of the bleak landscape of the city with the curious, emotional landscape of the human mind. During this passage (the first three paragraphs of page 126), Winston and Julia finally meet up in a secluded, forested area, where they talk and have sex. Directly after the two wake up from their nap, they part ways, Julia leaving first and Winston twenty minutes later, as not to get caught together.
In today’s society, people have sex with strangers solely for pleasure and fun. In Oceania sex is only for making babies and not for the human connection or love of the other person. Similar to 1984, most people do not have sex in terms of making love or for the relationship it creates between them. With the absence of love between characters, a true human connection is ultimately destroyed and does not exist between anyone. Winston and Julia eventually come together to break the rules. As they fall in love and make love, it brings them closer and closer together. When they decide to come together, it creates the only true human connection that is in Oceania, but it is quickly ended by the Party. The Party arrest them, tortures them, and destroys who they are and their love for each other. With the destruction of their love also comes the destruction of the only human connection in Oceania besides that the people and Winston, “Loved Big Brother”(Orwell
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.) This also shows how willing Winston is to sacrifice himself for love, as it can end in both of them getting caught. In addition to this, one of the first times that Winston talks about Julia, he begins to feel the rebellion. “Thus, at one moment Winston’s hatred was not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police” (Orwell, 14). Publicly revolting in Oceania is extremely dangerous since there is too many telescreens watching over him. “All that they did was to keep alive in him the belief, or hope, that others besides himself were enemies of the Party” (Orwell, 17). It is at this moment in the book that Winston becomes known as the heroic
In the novel 1984, outward conformity is crucial to the survival of the citizens of Oceania. One character in particular who practices this extremely well is the main character, Winston Smith. He not only conforms outwardly, but also questions his society inwardly, due to the overhanging fear that Miniluv will find and torture him. Winston constantly questions Big Brother and all of the laws that the citizens of Oceania are required to obey while also inwardly questioning his forbidden romance with Julia. Without this rising tension throughout the novel, 1984 would lose its suspenseful tone and would easily lose the focus of readers.
George Orwell’s novel 1984 presents us two characters who are entirely different, but still complement each other entirely, the protagonist Winston and his love-interest Julia. Julia’s optimistic character highlights Winston’s fatalistic one. Winston believes he and Julia are compatible and can relate to each other because they share the same believes. They both detest Big Brother and want to rebel against the Party. While this is true, their similarities seem to end there. There are in fact major differences between the two that set them apart from each other. What makes Julia inherently different from Winston is the fact that her rebellion, as opposed to Winston’s, is purely self-centred.
George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, both share fear as a common theme. Fear as a tool can control, change, and force people to do things that do not seem acceptable, such as make people turn on others, become violent, and forgo their belief system. Fear can be used in many different ways, such as controlling a population of people to gain power or wealth. In The Time Machine, a group of people called the Eloi, had direct power over another group called the Morlocks. In 1984, one small group of people called the “brother hood” had complete control of society. This dilemma is shown throughout history and has led to severe consequences. Fear is used as a tool in both The Time Machine and 1984 sometimes for different
The two themes are control and technology. The reason control fits the book is it’s about a government confining the people. Technology is one of the main themes in they this book because when this novel was written it was set in the future. Also in the book, Big Brother uses crazy technology to always know and keep track of what his party members are doing.
Julia wasn’t much interested in reading, and Winston was surprised to discover that “the difference between truth and falsehood did not seem important to” (193) Julia. While Winston was greatly concerned about the party’s manipulation of truth, Julia was more interested in freedom of individuality. The clever thing was to break the rules and stay alive, whether it was a love affair, swearing, wearing makeup or obtaining luxuries on the black market. She took great pride in her ability to bring real sugar, real milk, and real coffee to her meetings with Winston (177). Julia’s desires to bring these prohibited items to their meetings, as well as her disinterest in exposing the part indicate that she rebels simply to undermine the party in her own small ways and gain individual freedom. Unlike Winston, whose actions and desires regard both himself and future generations, Julia’s actions stem purely from her own personal desires. By characterizing Julia as interested in individual freedom, Orwell emphasizes, again, the extent to which governments need to control their citizens in order to maintain power. By using these characters to highlight the control of the party, Orwell shows the dangers of totalitarian governments and the extremes to which they will go to maintain
In the book 1984, written by George Orwell, the main character is Winston Smith. A simple, frail, skinny man, wanting to know what life was like before the revolution, and just to have a small taste of freedom. Is Winston a typical storybook hero? Or is he is something else, something better or worse? Throughout the book there are many instances which prove that he is more anti-hero than hero. The protagonist displays acts of heroism but is it enough to consider him a hero? Is Winston an anti-hero because he does not always show the complete signs or look the way that a typical hero would.
Orwell’s novel 1984 follows many common characteristics of dystopia by the persuasion of propaganda, the brainwashing of citizens, and a uniform lifestyle is integrated to please Big Brother and the Party which highlights their power. The Party controls propaganda and expectations in Oceania to make the citizens think and act a certain way, which dehumanizes them. Because the Party and Big Brother are shown with a large amount of power, it signifies the dominance of their presence in Oceania. Stories like 1984 can reveal a pattern between it and other dystopian tales by their shared
Winston ends up going to the prison with Julia and in the end he like big brother through manipulation. He and Julia lose their bond that they had. "You're only a rebel from the waist downwards," he told her. ( 2.5 p.163 Orwell) Julia and Winston never really did benefit from the other the way that Montag and Clarisse did. Winston said she was only a rebel for the sexual actions and thats it. Julia did do both good and bad stuff for Winston but Clarisse did a lot of good things for Montag. They both whether good or bad impacts ahd big ones on these
One of the themes of 1984 by George Orwell is how it represents living in a dictatorship. There are many troubles that come with living in a dictatorship. In the book, everyone is ruled by a dictator called Big Brother. No one knows if he is real or not, but he makes all of the rules. An example from the book about dictatorship is, “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull. (27)” This shows dictatorship because a dictator wants complete control of its people, just like Big Brother wants control of his people. This says that Big Brother and the party have almost full control over their people, but they still have their brains that are there own. In a dictatorship, no one has freedom except for the dictator himself. This is also true in 1984 because one of the main slogans of
In this story something special happen Winston met the girl of his dreams. He fell in love with her at first sight and there was no going back because they both loved each other. Winston could not believe it would happen to him because he wasn’t the greatest guy out there. Everything was good and he was living his life with girl of his dreams name Julia. He didn’t think of any fear or doubt that they would stay
The idea that Julia seemed eager to hurt Winston mystifies the reader because before the ministry of love, they both would sacrifice themselves with alacrity. Somehow, the Party reformed Julia and Winston; in other words, the Party effectively manipulated their thoughts and emotions through the horrors of room 101. Julia knows she betrayed Winston, and even if she had the chance to change her actions during her interrogation and save Winston, she would indisputably betray him at every opportunity. For Julia, “all [she] care[s] about is [her]self,” but unfortunately, this closed and selfish mindset is conventional in the Party’s oppressed conformist society (Orwell 292). In Big Brother’s society, the most prevalent feature of human nature is self preservation, but the Party wants that “self” to instead be a drive to preserve the Party. The daunting fact of room 101 is everybody has a breaking point where they can be molded into whatever the Party wanted, so the Party exploits their physical control of the people as a method to manipulate the principles of the
With regards to morality and ethics, Winston and Julia’s judgment and beliefs greatly differ. Winston, characterized as an idealist, deeply suffers from the existent totalitarian authorities and their full control of everything. The extent of his hatred of the Party becomes apparent when he first makes love to Julia, as he considered it a “political act” against them rather than an act of love. Thus, his passion and emotion was stirred by his desire to rebel against the Party and commit a crime under the rules of Oceania. On another note,