Analysis Of 1984

Analysis Of 1984

Length: 1360 words (3.9 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓

Analysis of 1984

     In 1949, an Englishman named Eric Blair published the novel 1984. Under the pseudonym, George Orwell, this author became one of the most respected and notable political writers for his time. 1984 was Orwell’s prophetic vision of the world to come. This creation of “Negative Utopia” was thoroughly convincing through Orwell’s use of setting and characterization. The theme conveyed by Orwell is that no matter how strong an individual a communist society would destroy any hope that that soul had of surviving, and that no matter the reasons told to the society, that power that the Party seeks is for no gain except for power.
     The story begins in April of 1984, in a grim, industrialized city called London. London was “chief city of Airstrip One, itself the third most populous of the provinces of Oceania." The dwellings that the people live in, called Victory Mansions, are depicted as “…rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with balks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron….” The setting creates a mood of devastation and hopelessness, fabricated by the Inner Party to suppress its followers. These people live in a society that is ruled by totalitarianism, and the aim is to give the greatest good to the smaller number. As indicated by “Cliffs Notes,” on pages 34 and 35, the main character, “Winston, like others, is expected to do his job efficiently and receive no reward but the opportunity to live austerely for the greater good and self-perpetuation of the Inner Party.”
     Told in third person limited, the reader is only allowed in-depth knowledge of the protagonist, Winston. Winston Smith, a thirty-nine year old man with a varicose ulcer, is a member of the Outer Party. He has “a smallish, frail figure, the meagerness of his body merely emphasized by the blue overalls which were the uniform of the Party. His hair was very fair, his face naturally sanguine, his skin roughened by course soap and blunt razor blades and the cold of the winter that had just ended.” Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, which is concerned with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts. He is employed in the Records Department, where his tasks consist of writing and rewriting scripts to fit the present and past which unceasingly fluctuate and add to the dominion the Party had over its members, and the history they believe in.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Analysis Of 1984." 20 Jun 2019

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

The Lego Movie 1984 Analysis Essay

- George Orwell's 1984 and The Lego Movie, are two texts which develop the theme that if one desires to obtain control one feels the need to alter feelings, capabilities and even the world seen in reality, which can result in a artificial society lacking the presence of human nature. In 1984 the Party of Oceania and the antagonist, President Business in The Lego Movie portray similar characteristics and goals which connect to the theme. In 1984 the ideology of thoughtcrime and the cotton swab in The Lego Movie portrays similar meanings which connect to the theme....   [tags: george orwell, lord business, totalitarian]

Research Papers
1460 words (4.2 pages)

Essay on Analysis of George Orwell's 1984

- Analysis of George Orwell's 1984 War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength. The party slogan of Ingsoc illustrates the sense of contradiction which characterizes the novel 1984. That the book was taken by many as a condemnation of socialism would have troubled Orwell greatly, had he lived to see the aftermath of his work. 1984 was a warning against totalitarianism and state sponsored brutality driven by excess technology. Socialist idealism in 1984 had turned to a total loss of individual freedom in exchange for false security and obedience to a totalitarian government, a dysutopia....   [tags: George Orwell 1984 Totalitarianism Essays]

Research Papers
4217 words (12 pages)

Essay about Analysis of 1984 in Reference to Censorship

- Censorship dates all the way back to 443 BC in ancient Rome with the Office of Censor. In that time this was an office of great repute, the Office of Censor was charged with the shaping of the character of the people. Thus it was considered to be an honorable task, since then the connotation of the word and such an office has changed greatly. Today censorship is the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc. and suppressing “unacceptable parts” based on whoever is defining “unacceptable.” Unacceptable has been considered to be a wide range of concepts from ideas to sexually explicit content....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

Research Papers
1890 words (5.4 pages)

Analysis of 1984 by George Orwell Essay

- George Orwell`s novel “1984” is by far the most brilliant, and interesting book I have read in recent years. The novel is simply a prophecy by Orwell on what the future will be like. The novel is reflected upon the perception of Orwell`s on how a world state would operate. “ 1984” is written right after the Second World War, so it’s reasonable to argue that the war affected Orwell`s view upon the future. As I mentioned earlier on - the book is interesting, and especially in two particular ways; How George Orwell in my opinion makes a very close prediction of the future, and how the individuality is experimented with within the novel....   [tags: prediction, future, individuality, dystopia]

Research Papers
669 words (1.9 pages)

Essay on Analysis Of 1984

- Analysis of 1984 In 1949, an Englishman named Eric Blair published the novel 1984. Under the pseudonym, George Orwell, this author became one of the most respected and notable political writers for his time. 1984 was Orwell’s prophetic vision of the world to come. This creation of “Negative Utopia” was thoroughly convincing through Orwell’s use of setting and characterization. The theme conveyed by Orwell is that no matter how strong an individual a communist society would destroy any hope that that soul had of surviving, and that no matter the reasons told to the society, that power that the Party seeks is for no gain except for power....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
1360 words (3.9 pages)

Analysis Of 1984 By George Orwell Essay

- Privacy is a human right that must always be maintained. However, with continuously advancing technology, surveillance is only becoming easier. In current society, many are unaware of the power the government has over accessing information. Many also do not think that this is an important issue in today’s world. The well-known novel, 1984, by George Orwell reflects heavily on this issue. It illustrates a world where there is a complete totalitarian government. Similarly, The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey, is about the character Truman Burbank who unknowingly has a television show revolve around his entire life....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four, Totalitarianism]

Research Papers
1492 words (4.3 pages)

Analysis Of The Book ' 1984 ' And ' The Circle ' Essay

- The Circle might be a dystopia, but 1984 is a definite dysNOPEia It is commonsense knowledge that utopias could never exist. There is no feasible way of creating society where everyone will be content, for there will always be variances of opinion. As a result, writers often focus on creating worlds of dystopia, their personal worst case scenarios. Two examples of such books, 1984 and The Circle are often compared by readers trying to decide the more grimmer future. Some older readers treat them as equal because both books have lacking protagonists and destruction of privacy; but that is where similarities end....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four, Dystopia, George Orwell]

Research Papers
1351 words (3.9 pages)

Analysis Of The Book ' 1984 ' Essay

- Setting 1984 takes place in an alternate-reality future where after World War 2, the world was divided into three main nations: Eastasia, Eurasia, and the super-country, Oceania. The book is set in Oceania in the year 1984, in the city of London, Airstrip One. Oceania is in a constant state of war against the two other countries, with bombings occurring daily and the living conditions extremely poor – very little food, very little clothing, and broken down housing. The Party rules over Oceania, with telescreens in almost every room that monitor every move a person makes, as well as anything they say....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four, World War II, Mind]

Research Papers
1070 words (3.1 pages)

An Analysis of George Orwell and 1984 Essay

- Through much of his life, Eric Arthur Blair (pen name George Orwell) sought to vilify the mental and emotional oppression he faced early on and breathe life into the specific ramifications entailed within Socialism as a result of the era in which he grew up in. The culminating result of these forces is evident in his last piece of work, 1984, where the very fabric of Socialism had become distorted in favor of a completely dystopian society in which human history is being rewritten every day and simple emotion and thought has all but been eradicated....   [tags: Eric Arthur Blair]

Research Papers
2079 words (5.9 pages)

Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' 1984 ' Essay

- 1984 was written in 1948 and published in 1949 by Eric Arthur Blair under the pen name ‘George Orwell’. It is set in the year 1984 in Airstrip One, which is a province in the country of Oceania. The world is in a constant state of war between Oceania, and the other two countries, Eurasia and Eastasia. Oceania is controlled by English Socialism, or INGSOC in Oceania’s language, Newspeak. The powerful Inner Party controls the country using omnipresent surveillance, and manipulation. Every part of life is regimented and controlled, but the only crime is ‘thoughtcrime’: independent thinking and individualism....   [tags: Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell]

Research Papers
1225 words (3.5 pages)

Related Searches

Although Winston is a diligent member of the Party, his inner desires, of humanity, individuality, and sexuality are directly insubordinate of the policies of the Party. His physical expressions are deceptive, an attempt to cover-up his true attitude towards his situation from the Thought Police. During the course of the novel, Winston’s views change. “Cliffs Notes” states that he was annoyed by the limits placed on his individuality and then was made to conform to the world the Party created.
     “Cliffs Notes” also suggests that Winston was not just a character in the story, but an idea. Winston is an anachronism. “His mind and personality are not at first defined by the Party slogans, by the Party’s ideas of what he should be. From his own point of view he is an individual; from the Party’s point of view he is a flaw in the reality it is creating.”
One of the other two major characters is Julia. “She was a bold-looking girl of about twenty-seven, with thick dark hair, a freckled face, and swift, athletic movements.” She also works in the Ministry of Truth for the Fiction Department. Her tasks include helping write pornographic literature that is sold to proles (“Cliffs Notes” refers to them as an “excluded class” of people) which is ironic because she wears a red sash around her waist to signify her allegiance to the Junior Anti-Sex League. She is a hedonistic individual whose appetite leads her from one liaison to the next, but her aptness to hide her demeanor is extraordinary. She is actively involved in many community service programs and keeps her appearance by doing so. When she and Winston started their relationship, she had suggested to him to join more services so that he would be less suspicious.

More than a person, Julia is as “Cliffs Notes” characterizes her on page 30, a foil. Up until Winston associates with her, his acts of rebellion against the Party are minor. They consist of writing in a diary and thoughtcrime. Though over time Winston and Julia fulfill their desires both sexual and rebellious.

The other major character in this novel is a man named O’Brien. Winston is not affiliated with him early on, but feels a sense of familiarity in him. Winston had the inkling that O’Brien, even though part of the Inner Party, is guilty of thoughtcrime, too. “O’Brien was a large, burly man with a thick neck and a coarse, humorous, brutal face. In spite of his formidable appearance he had a certain charm of manner. –In some indefinable way, curiously civilized.” Winston “secretly held belief… that O’Brien’s political orthodoxy was not perfect.” Not much is known about O’Brien until the end of the novel where it is revealed that his being a conspirator of the Party was just a deception. “Cliffs Notes” proposes (on page 31) that the human qualities that O’Brien shows are part of his duty and they rendered Winston acceptable to the Party and at the same time harmless.
The central conflict of the novel is man-vs-society. Winston constantly struggled for individuality in a society were there is no “I” there is only ‘we” (Cliffs Notes 32). The exposition of the plot discusses the setting, characters, and basic situation of the story. As the story progressed Winston received a note from Julia that led to their affair. He knew that his crimes would one day be detected, and they inevitably were, but his determination for freedom kept him striving. During the development of the story Winston writes in his diary, has suspicions of O’Brien, is guilty of thoughtcrime, makes love to Julia, and secretly has visitations with her. The climax occurred when Julia and Winston where captured in there room above Mr. Charrington’s shop. They learned that Mr. Charrington, the prole that Winston bought his diary from, was actually a member of the Thought Police. He allowed them to rent the room above his shop, and then turned them over to the authorities. The falling action includes Winston’s and Julia’s confinement to the Ministry of Love, “… a place impossible to enter except on official business, and then only by penetrating through a maze of barb-wired entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests.” This is where they go through there rehabilitation period. There Winston encounters O’Brien, but this time not as a collaborator of a rebellion, but a conspirator of the Party. He takes Winston through the stages of confession, torture, and acceptance. In the resolution Winston loved Big Brother.
The ending of the novel was not an anticipated one. Winston believed that he had won the struggle inside himself, but the reader was left with the feeling of defeat. During his imprisonment in the Ministry of Love, Winston had thoughts that he would be killed, at any given moment. He knew that even if he loved Big Brother that he would be killed anyway. So he concluded that if while he were dying his last thoughts would be of his hatred of Big Brother and that no one could take that away from him, but in the end he gave in.

In 1984, Orwell used setting and characterization to drive his plot and discuss his theme. The world that they lived in was a desolate, metropolis, run by the slaves of the Inner Party. Most were unaware of the fact that the party that they served ruled their lives and thoughts, but those who did paid the price. Winston and Julia both were change people after their release from the Ministry of Love, and neither cared to regain the relationship that they had before they were captured. They had both failed themselves and each other and lost to power of “Big Brother.”
Return to