The Power Of The Mind In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Jim Morrison once said, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” This quote is mirrored in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The Party controls all forms of media, therefore the Party controls everyone’s mind. When Winston’s mind escapes the control of the Party, Winston struggles between orthodoxy and unorthodoxy. In the end, the Party overcomes the power of Winston’s mind, forcing him into submission. Orwell proves that man is more powerful than the mind due to the dissolution of Winston’s internal beliefs and conflicts by the Party. Throughout the novel, Winston’s internal beliefs evolve from personal to public actions, creating his internal conflict between orthodoxy or unorthodoxy. In the beginning of the book, Winston thinks of rebellion and opposition to the party, but he does not act on these thoughts until he buys and begins writing in the diary. Writing in the diary is a bold action, and he knows that “Whether he went on with the diary, or…show more content…
After Winston is taken by the thought police into the Ministry of Love, he is completely brainwashed, Orwell says “He loved Big Brother” (298). His internal struggle with Julia is also finished, as they both admit they are no longer in love with each other. Julia says to Winston, “‘And after that, you don’t feel the same toward the other person any longer’” and Winston replies, “‘No,’... ‘you don’t feel the same any longer”’(292). Without his rebellious thoughts and Julia there to encourage them, Winston’s internal battle is finally finished. He no longer has to fight between orthodoxy and unorthodoxy; he is at peace with himself and the Party. Orwell says, “... the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself” (298). By fully submitting to the Party with his mind, his internal conflict is finished; His battle against the Party is finally
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