1984 Analysis

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four under the pseudonym George Orwell. “By the time the book came out in 1949, the cold war was at its height. The book therefore proved popular. It was almost a matter of patriotism in the West to buy it and talk about it and perhaps even to read parts of it, although it is my opinion that more people bought it and talked about it that read it, for it is a dreadfully dull book – didactic, repetitious, and all but motionless” (2). In the book, Blair attempted to show what the world would be link in a completely evil world where government officials kept themselves in power by force, lying, constantly writing history to suit themselves and basically just mesmerizing the population. Nineteen Eighty-Four was set only thirty five years in the future so that even middle aged people would live to see that year if they lived a normal lifespan (2). The mail characters of the novel attempt to use sex to sabotage the fundamental stand of the ruling Party. Winston and Julia’s sexual relationship in Nineteen Eighty-Four is not very effective at undermining Party surveillance and the thought or sex control that the Party exercises.
George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair, son of a British civil servant in Eastern India. “He was educated in England, and after he left Eton, joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, then a British colony” (3). He resigned from his position with the Police in 1927 to become a writer. A year later, he moved to Paris, but was unable to find success there and was forced into several humble jobs (3). “He lived under slum conditions in London and Paris, consorted with and identified with slum dwellers and vagrants, managed to ease his conscience and, at the same time, to gath...

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...e would risk entering into a permanent relationship with a man who engages in dangerous underground political activity. On Winston’s end, his relationship with Julia might have started out as a need for him to rebel or for him to find sexual intimacy or gratification, but by the end, just before their capture by the Thoughtpolice, Winston had feelings of genuine affection for Julia. In the end, Winston’s false memories – those that are detrimental to the Party – are ejected from his consciousness. This “victory over himself” is the most desirable outcome for the Party. He is a Party member who was not physically forced into compliance; rather he was psychologically altered to believe that his compliance was the right thing.
Ultimately, Winston’s rebellious attitude and his need to create a mutiny among the Party was what destroyed his relationship with Julia.

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