The novel 1984, written by George Orwell in 1949, details the life of a one Winston Smith and his constant, life long battle to defeat Big Brother. This dystopian vision of the future serves as a reminder to the reader that anything can happen, but it is up to humanity to shape what kind of future is wanted in the end. Although Orwell’s novel is rather convincing to the people of this time, it serves only as a warning to one of many outcomes that the world could face. This book was Orwell’s idea of how life could have ended up; had people not realized that there is always a way to change what we do not like in life. Through the author’s many literary techniques, he was able to weave in meaning and importance to simple everyday objects …show more content…
The singing lady represents the feelings of hope and free spirit, to a world filed with secrets and lies. The singing lady does not concern herself with what others think of her life and show Winston and Julia that there is hope left in the world. Through their love affair, they exude signs of happiness and true love, not the love that if forced upon them by Big Brother. Although the singing lady is just one person is a large society of proles, she stands out in the book because of her outlook on life; free to do what she wants and never giving up because of what the government tries to tell her. She brings a sense of normality to the area that Winston had not felt in many years. The society of proles are also not concerned with the way that the government is run and Big Brother’s grasp on every aspect of their lives. Winston believes that “if there is …show more content…
One key idea that all three of these values have in common is that one can never have all three together at the same time. This fact is evident while reading 1984 because no one always knows everything. Big Brother cannot always keep tabs on what everyone is thinking, while Winston does not know everything that goes on behind the scenes of the society. If one looks closely enough, it can be imagined that the proles contain the knowledge and freedom of the society. They are allowed to do as they please as long as they are smart enough to stay out of the spotlight. The Outer Party has more of the freedom and power, but not much knowledge as to what happens behind the scenes of the society. As Winston’s last hope for freedom, Emmanuel Goldstein revealed in his book The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, that “the Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture, and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation” (216). Winston soon learns that the society that he had always hated was a lie, and it fuels his fire of rebellion even more. His lack of knowledge was one piece that forced him to detract from the totalitarian ruled society. Finally, the Inner Party enjoyed the power and knowledge of the
The novel 1984 by George Orwell is a fictional future where The Party controls everything. The Party is lead by a larger than life figurehead named Big Brother. The main character is Winston Smith. The story is divided into 3 parts and chronicles Winston’s rebellion against and then re-entering of The Party.
Through different experiences, beliefs, values and ideas, individuals can evolve identity through human nature, in society and critical life experiences. Human nature is elucidated dystopically in the works of George Orwell’s novel, 1984, and James McTeigue’s visual, V for Vendetta, which represent divergent societies, bound by totalitarian oppression and degrading human constructs. Published in 1948 by George Orwell, 1984 is a novel set in a future society, scarred by eternal war, ubiquitous government surveillance, controlled history and tyrannical manipulation by the superstate. Winston Smith, a diligent Outer Party member, inconspicuously rebels against the English socialist, ‘Ingsoc’ Party and despot leader, ‘Big Brother’, by regaining
George Orwell’s haunting dystopian novel 1984 delves into the closely monitored lives of the citizens of Oceania as the Party tries to take control of society. In totalitarianism, propaganda and terrorism are ways of subjugation with a main goal: total obedience. He aimed to create a “what if” novel, what would happen if totalitarian regimes, such as the Nazis and Soviets, were to take over the world. If totalitarianism were to happen, the leader would be the brain of the whole system. Orwell emphasizes the theme of individualism versus collective identity through Winston, the protagonist, and his defiance to the Party and Big Brother, with a frightening tone, surreal imagery and a third person limited point of view.
Authors often use their works as a way to express their own opinions and ideologies. However, it is the skill of the author that determines whether these ideas are combined with the plot seamlessly, making a creative transition of ideas from the author’s mind, to the reader’s. There is no doubt that George Orwell is a masterful writer, and one of his most popular works, 1984, clearly expresses his negative views of the Totalitarian government. A common theme in the dystopian society in 1984 is betrayal: The Party is very intolerant towards any form of disloyalty, and anyone who plots against them or Big Brother will eventually either betray their own mind and accept Big Brother as their leader, or be betrayed and revealed to The Party by one of their so-called comrades. Overall, Orwell is using this constant theme of betrayal to show how alone and alienated the protagonist (Winston Smith) is in his quest against Totalitarianism, thus showing how flawed and hopeless the political system is.
Most of George Orwell’s 1984 is written through the eyes of Winston. We gain insight through his thoughts and feelings. We can only reflect on what he allows us to understand. Because of this, we share a close connection with him. We feel love as he builds relationships and we hurt as bonds are broken. Surveillance and big government are two large ideas that are often spoken of when 1984 is referenced. Although extremely important, internal changes Winston experiences teach us invaluable lessons about ourselves and should not be overlooked. Those overarching themes allow us to look out and contemplate our surroundings and the smaller ones us allow us look within ourselves. George Orwell’s 1984 sheds light on the effects of an abusive government
In 1984 created by George Orwell, a dystopian novel, many themes are illustrated through the life of Winston. Winston lives a life that is constantly monitored by the Party and must stay blended into the sheeplike masses that praise Big Brother’s reign. In this negative utopia freedom is an alien term and self expression is despised by the society. Orwell words are a timeless warning of a totalitarian society who controls its denizens through fear, surveillance, and manipulation. These methods the Party use to maintain power greatly give them the upperhand to create a world of fear and hatred. This is evident in many scenes within the book. The Party’s method of using fear to maintain power is depicted when Winston’s expresses his true self
Imagine a world where everything you do is monitored by the government, and even a single thought against it could get you arrested. George Orwell’s 1984 follows Winston Smith during his rebellion against the Party, his interrogation, torture, and subsequent reconditioning. 1984 is a fascinating novel because of its use of symbols, themes, and use of filters.
Among all of Orwell’s political works, 1984 is a masterpiece not only for vividly depicting the horrors of totalitarianism, but by also creating a resemblance with this world and that of 1984. Indeed, Winston Smith is Orwell himself: fearless, rebellious, a risk-taker, and a firm believer to his own views, hardly stirred by other influences other than his own.
George Orwell creates a dark, depressing and pessimistic world where the government has full control over the masses in the novel 1984. The protagonist, Winston, is low-level Party member who has grown to resent the society that he lives in. Orwell portrays him as a individual that begins to lose his sanity due to the constrictions of society. There are only two possible outcomes, either he becomes more effectively assimilated or he brings about the change he desires. Winston starts a journey towards his own self-destruction. His first defiant act is the diary where he writes “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.” But he goes further by having an affair with Julia, another party member, renting a room over Mr. Carrington’s antique shop where Winston conducts this affair with Julia, and by following O’Brien who claims to have connections with the Brotherhood, the anti-Party movement led my Emmanuel Goldstein. Winston and Julia are both eventually arrested by the Thought Police when Mr. Carrington turns out to be a undercover officer. They both eventually betray each other when O’Brien conducts torture upon them at the Ministry of Love. Orwell conveys the limitations of the individual when it comes to doing something monumental like overthrowing the established hierarchy which is seen through the futility of Winston Smith’s actions that end with his failure instead of the end of Big Brother. Winston’s goal of liberating himself turns out to be hopeless when the people he trusted end up betraying him and how he was arbitrarily manipulated. It can be perceived that Winston was in fact concerned more about his own sanity and physical well-being because he gives into Big Brother after he is tortured and becomes content to live in the society he hated so much. Winston witnesses the weakness within the prole community because of their inability to understand the Party’s workings but he himself embodies weakness by sabotaging himself by associating with all the wrong people and by simply falling into the arms of Big Brother. Orwell created a world where there is no use but to assimilate from Winston’s perspective making his struggle utterly hopeless.
George Orwell’s 1984 is a classic dystopian novel about the author’s predictions for American society in the future. The book follows the story of Winston Smith, a 39 year old lower-class member of the Outer Party in Oceania, London. Winston hates everything about the Party, Oceania’s totalitarian government, such as constantly being watched through an in-home telescreen, which cannot be shut off. He hates his thoughts being monitored by the Thought Police and the overall lack of personal freedom and privacy. Winston’s intolerance for being controlled drives him to keep a diary containing all of his negative, criminal thoughts about the government. The control exercised by the Oceanian government is extensive, but it does yield a benefits, such as being able to control what the citizens’ opinions about the leaders.
The novel 1984 is one that has sparked much controversy over the last several decades. It harbors many key ideas that lie at the root of all skepticism towards the book. With the ideas of metaphysics, change, and control in mind, George Orwell wrote 1984 to provide an interesting story but also to express his ideas of where he believed the world was heading. His ideas were considered widely ahead of their time, and he was really able to drive home how bleak and colorless our society really is. Orwell wrote this piece as a futuristic, dystopian book which contained underlying tones of despair and deceit.
Today I am going to be writing an essay on the book, 1984 by George Orwell. This book is about Winston Smith and Big Brother where an external conflict arises between the two. The internal conflict that also takes place in this book was between the two ideas, democracy and totalitarianism. The reason this novel was written was to show society what it could and or would become if things continued to go down the worse of the paths: Orwell sensed of the expansion of the great communism when he was thinking of this novel. The conflict that took place between these two ideas in the year 1945 created the two characters, which were the two characters above Winston Smith and the Big Brother, in his mind. The Big Brother is head of the totalitarian
The book, 1984 by George Orwell, is about the external conflict between Winston Smith and Big Brother; and the internal conflict between the two ideas, democracy and totalitarianism. Orwell wrote the novel to show society what it could become if things kept getting worse: he sensed of the expansion of communism when he wrote the novel. The conflict between democracy and totalitarianism at the year of 1945 created two characters, Winston Smith and Big Brother, in orwell's mind. Big Brother is the embodiment of all the ideals of the totalitarian party. In contrast to Big Brother, Winston Smith keeps the idea of democracy emphasizes freedom, he has to hide his own thought because the Big Brother's party will punish him by death if the party finds it out. George orwell criticizes of Big Brother's society by describing it as a dark and a gloomy place. It warns that people might believe that everyone must become slaves to the government in order to have an orderly society, but at the expense of the freedom of the people.
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved,” these words were stated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The book 1984 was written to be a political message to warn future generations about the dangers of totalitarian societies, much like those described by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Orwell portrays a totalitarian world where there is no freedom and citizens are constantly being manipulated. Orwell’s story is centered on a man named Winston Smith. While having authentic characters and lifelike symbolism, George Orwell’s 1984 exemplified the main themes of manipulation and rebellion in an oppressed society.
IN summation, Orwell’s “1984” has most certainly earned its stripes as a classic novel. It has forced my to question my beliefs, consider scenarios and who I am as a person and most importantly, made me question our world. As a result, I firmly believe The strength of a classic noel lies in its ability to make the reader analyse their values and beliefs whilst making them question the world in which we live. This is most definitely true for “1984”.