The Importance Of Society In George Orwell's 1984

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In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the characters reveal telling information about society. Specifically, characters call into question the beliefs and morals of the society at large. Winston in 1984 is excluded from the Inner Party on the basis of his occupation. Because of this, he subsequently highlights the societal need for individual freedom and reveals that the government attempts to control every aspect of citizens lives. Winston Smith’s life consists of his love for Julia and his work at the Ministry of Truth, however because of his occupation, he will never fully be accepted by the Inner Party. This is because his job consists of changing texts to fit the mandates of Big Brother and the Inner Party. This job has no real importance to the Inner Party, except for controlling the minds of the people they reign over. This is the main reason he is excluded from society. Winston’s work is described as: “The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts.” (Orwell 6). Because Winston’s work is considered insignificant and he is therefore not cast out by society, he begins to more closely associate himself with the Proles. He entertains the idea of individual freedom and personal loyalty that the proles have as in:…show more content…
He subsequently highlights the importance of personal freedom within society and points out the role of the government taking control of everything in citizens lives. A sense of irony arises because Winston’s rebels against Inner Party but loses all morality by doing so and goes against the fundamental principles he set out to achieve. The government’s role culminates in attempting to convert people’s personal loyalties to loyalty to the party, and those who don't are vaporized. This reveals the meaning of the work as a whole, in that it shows that if you are free within yourself, you are free from any overbearing
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