The Role Of Big Brother In George Orwell's 1984

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The novel 1984 is a fictional book written in by George Orwell and it was set in the future. It is a story about a hierarchical system known as Big Brother; a dictator who watches over its people’s every move by placing a camera and microphone everywhere in Oceania continent. The reason for placing cameras everywhere is to watch over anyone that goes against Big Brother’s rules so as to punish them. The story has two protagonists, Winston Smith, a 39-year-old man and the love of his life Julia. They decide to rebel against Big Brother until they were caught by O’Brien, the Minister of Love. O’Brien sets a seven-year trap for the lovers and ultimately breaks them.
Role of Big Brother within the novel
Oceania is one of the three continents in the world that Orwell describes. It is ruled by a dictator Big Brother who controls the citizens every move they make (Steinholff 3). The whole continent had cameras used by the authorities to watch and punish anyone that dared against the rules. There was a constant phrase ‘Big Brother is watching’ which was a reminder of Big Brother not to dare to break any law (John 10). The phrase also meant Big Brother is a protector of its people. Big Brother’s government had Party members that are always at his beck. They controlled Oceania’s citizens to follow Big Brothers instructions. The party members knew well that Big Brother was not a person, but a myth they convinced themselves.
However, it emerges later in the novel that Big Brother is a
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