Hook. In George Orwell's 1984, the protagonist, Winston, lives in a future society, which is governed by "Big brother". This society is corrupt, and controls every aspect of life, even their thoughts. In Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, the protagonist, Yossarian, struggles with war, and the idea of the inevitability of death. Yossarian struggles against the war, and how the deaths of men are treated as nothing, how they are controlled by bureaucracy.
Winston and Julia’s affairs reoccur without the vision of the Party, making the rebellious behavior extra intense. Next, Winston and Julia’s embrace wasn’t truly meaningful, but important since they both disliked the Party: “No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act” (Orwell 126).
I know all about your contempt, your hatred, your disgust. But don’t worry, I am on your side!’”(Orwell 19). This quote demonstrates just how vital O’Brien is to Winston’s realization that he is not alone in his hatred for the party. In Winston’s mind O’Brien becomes a sort of clandestine friend and political conspirator with whom he can discuss his wants of rebellion. At this point in the novel the reader begins to understand the importance of O’Brien in Winston’s life, as he acts as the metaphorical spark that kick starts Winston’s plot line.
1984 is the book that brings new meaning to the saying, “You are being watched.” George Orwell writes about a fictional negative utopian government that is all-knowing and all-powerful and takes place in London, England around 1984. The totalitarian government in 1984 reflects the author’s knowledge of the non-fictional government in Nazi Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler and the Soviet Union under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Totalitarian government is a form of government where political authority possesses complete control of all aspects of life. This government restricts individuals from having any basic human rights, such as the right to freedom of speech, religion, and privacy.
In chapter one, Winston is confronted by two children who believe that he is a thought criminal. Since the children are under the influence of the party, Winston fears getting caught. This interaction between him and Mrs. Parson’s children introduces the reader to the fact that loyalty and betrayal are both common in this society. In this example, loyalty is used to betray.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the character O’Brien deceives the protagonist, Winston, by making it appear as though he is a friend, and then unexpectedly turns on him, subjecting Winston to torture to ensure he has power over all the people, demonstrating that the extent to which one will go in order to obtain power has no limits.
O 'Brien, states in 1984 that ' 'we will squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves ' '. This again indicates the elimination of identity and individualism which then allows authoritarian governments to exploit citizens and control them. In order for George Orwell 's totalitarian society to remain perfect, dictators must take control over all aspects of life. The reader is introduced to several ways in1984 leaders’ control citizens such as introducing Thought police, double think and newspeak. The purpose of Newspeak is to control personal beliefs as this gives the government the ability to remove and limit thoughts that are aimed against Big Brother and its parties.
The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. (Orwell 263) Big Brother was the “ruler” of the United States, he controlled every aspect of every life; He is the Hitler of 1984.
Eric Arthur Blair, otherwise known as George Orwell, a popular dystopian novelist and critic once said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” (Orwell). In the book 1984 by George Orwell the community is made up of oppressed individuals living in Oceania. The main character Winston is one of these individuals. He is a low ranking member of the party and is employed at the ministry of truth, where he alters historical records. From the beginning of the novel one can see that Winston is troubled with conforming to the ideas of the party and its leader Big Brother.
The extent of his hatred of the Party becomes apparent when he first makes love to Julia, as he considered it a “political act” against them rather than an act of love. Thus, his passion and emotion was stirred by his desire to rebel against the Party and commit a crime under the rules of Oceania. On another note,
However, in Orwell’s 1984 the use of technology to control thought was demonstrated to destroy every thought that was not the party. By looking at
This passage summarizes Winston giving into O’Brien and ultimately conforming to the Party. In this passage, Winston finally gives in and puts the blame on Julia, therefore betraying her. O’Brien wanted nothing more than Winston to give up, and that is what Winston ultimately did by selling out Julia and trying to make himself free at the cost of her and at the cost of their relationship. This shows Winston opening up to and accepting both the Party and Big Brother. Reading this passage, it really made my heart sink knowing that after all of this time and after trying to get away from the society, he admitted and gave into exactly what both O’Brien and the Party wanted.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the protagonist, Winston, learns about life and love as he watches the world around him conform to the party and comrades give up their rights. Orwell asks the question, “When should we give up privacy for security?” Through the Party’s constant surveillance and the comrades’ distrust in the people around them, Orwell shows that as security is prioritized over privacy, human nature leads to an increase in suspicion and far fewer relationships. The Party’s watchful eyes in the novel shows the reader the security and observations by the Party and Big Brother as they disregard privacy in order to have rule and power.
George Orwell's 1984 the idea of unity has been perverted into something horrible destroying the concept of families trust and community. The themes of 1984 are shown through paranoia, antanaclasis, and betrayal. The use of paranoia is key to fueling the conflict for Winston the area is always presented as hostile even if you're just walking to work you have to fear being overheard by the thought police “This was not illegal but if detected it was reasonably certain it would be punished by death” (1984 P6) leading to people acting extremely shady actions hiding from hidden microphones and cameras. This would lead to betrayal being a major problem to fear having even kids trained to report anyone to the secret police that they think to commit
Rebellious Rage: Julia and Winston Rebel In the book, 1984 written by George Orwell, Winston and his one time lover, Julia, and partner as long with his ally, lead together into rebellion to take down Big Brother and the Party in a whole. In 1984, the government is strict and overbearing towards their citizens making them glance over their shoulders, scaring them to force them to obey. The overwhelming surveillance in 1984 leaves distrust between the supreme ruler of Oceania and their citizens. Another example of a corrupt government style leads to torture for no particular reasons, like getting information out, it’s just to change the victim's views.