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The Role Of Totalitarianism In George Orwell's '1984'

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In George Orwell’s, 1984, there are several external factors, including the people encountered, that significantly change the protagonist, Winston Smith, throughout the novel. In the beginning, Winston has a strong hatred for Oceania’s ruler, Big Brother. However, he is trying to survive in his dystopian society so so in order to ensure his safety, he keeps his disdain concealed from the public eye. He believes there are other people against the party, like himself; he just needs to figure out who he can trust. As the novel progresses, he finds trust in Julia and O’Brien. Both help strengthen his resentment and give him the confidence to go against Big brother, however, this confidence causes him to lose sight of that’s really important. Winston is a secluded average thirty-nine year old man who is a minor member of the party. He strongly hates the totalitarian control and Big Brother and all that is stands for but is too fearful to tell anyone about his opinion. In attempts to keep his hate hidden, he illegally purchases a diary where he writes all these thoughts about Big Brother. This is a major crime called thoughtcrime, which is an…show more content…
During this process of punishment O’Brien admits that he pretended to be connected to the Brotherhood only to catch Winson’s disloyalty to the party. Winson is continuously brainwashed and tortured. O’Brien does this because he wants to have complete control over Winston 's mind such as believing something as simple as two plus two equals five, but because Winston is still resistant, he is taken to room 101 which drastically alters him. In this room he reaches his breaking point. The party has tortured Winston until he has obeyed and agreed with what the party wants him to believe. Winston is now a changed man who is back to being powerless and fearful of Big
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