The Importance Of Individualism In George Orwell's 1984

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As history has shown, sometimes all it takes is one person to turn a country on its head. Sometimes it’s for the better, sometimes it bares the worst. Under the all controlling hand of the government there are always a few people that do their best to slip through the fingertips. In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, that someone is Winston Smith and he is barely safe in his own mind. A government that values the people’s ignorance to their situation has little good to say about someone that feels differently than the majority. Everything is just so much easier when people do exactly what their told, expected, trained to do. Not question anything for fear of, if they’re aware enough, persecution by their peers and government. Individualism in a society where everyone bears the same colors is inherently dangerous. Even some of the most minute misdemeanors towards The Party and its ideals can put someone’s life at risk. There are really two options, be mindless enough to do as told and trained, or do the same, knowing there’s a red dot on your brow. To begin, this caution and chaos is shown during the two minutes hate, an activity sanctioned by The Party to help fuel the anger towards unorthodoxy and possibly to help root out rebellion. Goldstein is the figurehead of everything The Party is against, and the people are expected to engage in his shunning. “The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was

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