Writing Techniques of George Orwell

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Writing Techniques of George Orwell I think the use of words such as ‘it’, ‘thing’, ‘something’, ‘some kind’ are used in a way to install fear of the unknown the words shape Winston’s thoughts letting fear wind its way through the tendrils of his thoughts. You don’t know what it is, it may be so frightening you will die of shock, the trouble is you simply don’t know and lack of knowledge can be a very scary thing, if you know what something is then you have the possibility of confronting it and finding it not so bad at all. O’Brian manipulated and brainwashed Winston so well that it was impossible for him to keep to his original beliefs and die for his cause. The power and torture was too much for him to handle. Orwell uses short sentences and unnecessary detail to delay the action and slow it down to create suspense, here are two examples ‘It seemed to reach Winston from far away. The rats were fighting; they were trying to get at each other through the partition. He heard also a deep groan of despair. That, too, seemed to come from outside himself.’ Here Orwell’s short sentences bring home Winston’s fear utter despair in thinking he knew what would be happening to him 'I have pressed the first lever,' said O'Brien. 'You understand the construction of this cage. The mask will fit over your head, leaving no exit. When I press this other lever, the door of the cage will slide up. These starving brutes will shoot out of it like bullets. Have you ever seen a rat leap through the air? They will leap on to your face and bore straight into it. Sometimes they attack the eyes first. Sometimes they burrow through the cheeks and devour the tongue.' Here Orwell is creating suspense and fear with the... ... middle of paper ... ...losing on his face” Winston was mindless in his absolute fear and despair, then a tiny fragment of hope glimmered into his mind, he was frantic to push the punishment anywhere but onto himself, he finally realised the only thing was his denouncement of Julia, to pass the punishment on to herself, forgotten was the love the passion they had shared, self preservation finally kicked in, every man for himself in the end, as well we all know very few people would be willing to suffer endless torture and die for us, we do what it necessary to survive which is what Winston finally does. The Party had won in the end, he was a broken man. The point of view expressed in this story is a third person point of view the narrator is not part of the story but in the minds of the characters like the all seeing eye or an omniscient presence overlooking the proceedings.

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