Winston, truly a Rebel in 1984 Every government in the world has a unique way to maintain and protect power, even though some of them are extreme and cruel. A rebel is someone who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against a government. (DC). Once people are not satisfied with their government and seek changes, rebels are likely to surface among these people. In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, the society is described where the government has no limits to its power and controls every single aspect of people’s lives wherever it is feasible. For instance, it is considered a crime when people think anything that is not related to the party, or even against the party. This is called “thought crime”. Winston Smith is one of these rebels. He shows his rebellious behavior first with his thoughts and then, gradually, through his actions. He is willing to sacrifice himself in order to gain control of his own life from the government. Thus, it is very clear that the main character, Winston Smith is a rebel in the novel, 1984. Winston has many thoughts which go against the party throughout the book. One clear example is his attitude towards his job. Winston works for the Ministry of Truth and his job is, essentially, to edit the past newspapers and magazines and rid them of anything that does not conform to the reality desired by the government. However, he does not simply change the information but tries to keep some evidence that he can use to prove the government creates fake news. He wants to plant a few doubts about the government and believes little knots of resistance will gradually grow, “so the next generation can carry on where we leave off” (Orwell, 163). Winston also refuses to believe the history that is described by the government textbook. The book tells how bad London used to be before the glorious Revolution compares to the present beautiful London where everyone is living happily and people are equal to each other. After reading this, “lie” is the only word that emerges in Winston’s mind. “The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth” (Orwell, 78). Although Winston is extremely curious about the past, there is no way for him to discover the truth. However, he refuses to accept the lies in its place. “The only evidence to the contrary was the mute protest in your own bones” (Orwell, 76). This quote shows that he is protesting deep in his heart. Winston’s diary is another good place for him to express thoughts. Winston knows exactly that it is illegal to write a diary and he will be punished by death if he is detected, but he still decides to take the risk and write down his rebellious thoughts. He once repeats a short sentence over and over again, all in capital letter, “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” (Orwell, 20) and at the next moment, he is seized by a kind of hysteria so he begins writing, “They will shoot me in the back of my neck I don’t care down with big brother” (Orwell, 21). If he is not thinking anything against Big Brother, why does he take such a big risk to write it down? The real reason is that he has no one to talk to about these thoughts, so he needs to express them out loud in writing in order to vent his dissatisfaction with Big Brother and the party. Even though all of these are just Winston’s thoughts about the government, it is absolutely enough to prove him as a rebel. However, Winston’s real actions are even more convincing than his thoughts. In the society of Oceania, people are not allowed to have sex for a reason other than making offspring. But for Winston, he first finds an old prostitute in the street because he feels the need to have sex. He notes “It was on a dark evening…There was nobody in the streets, and no telescreens. She said, ‘two dollars’” (Orwell, 55). He knows he is doing something wrong and against the law since he is worrying whether someone will catch him as he finishes and goes back to his apartment. After that, Winston finds Julia…
March 10th, 2015
Over time, there have been many different versions of dystopian fiction. Some of the most popular examples include; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, and of course, 1984 by George Orwell. Dystopian fiction It has been characterized as a type of literature that consists of an imaginary place or condition in which everything that could go wrong, goes wrong (Oxford Dictionary…
everything he could to rescue the girl.
9. Meritorious actions should be recognized.
10. The treachery made the girl hesitant to trust others.
Prompt 1: You may never have considered history to be as important as it appears to be in 1984. Why does the government make efforts to control history in the novel?
The government in 1984 tries to control history because if the people in the society didn't know about the past they aren't able to go against the government. This allows the…
There are many similarities and differences between the dystopian society of 1984, and
our own today. While The United States is a long way from a totalitarianism style government
that controls everything down to the thought of an individual, there are many things George
Orwell wasn’t to far from correct about.
Totalitarianism is a prominent theme throughout 1984, with the government controlling
everything. The world is a very different place with the government watching…
1984 Mini Essay
The way O’Brien breaks Smith is the combination of most if not all the Party’s methods of control. Discuss.
O’Brien breaks Smith with a combination of the Party’s methods of control, however he also tortures Winston with techniques that are definitely against the Party’s morals. O’Brien uses Winston’s fears against him, which include loosing Julia and Rats. O’Brien also gives Winston absolutely no freedom whilst he is in the Ministry of Love. Saying that however, one of the Party’s…
July 9, 2009
Is Their World Really That Different?
1984 by George Orwell is a novel consisting of a world controlled by a higher power. A world where people live in constant fear of doing or saying something wrong and thoughts can be incriminating. Thoughts of impurity result in disappearance and people are constantly being watched and observed without knowing. Telescreens are everywhere and could constantly be watching every facial expression, abnormal…
works, 1984 and Politics and The English Language, it is clear that Orwell is using his writing to bring awareness to the dangers of the manipulation, misuse, and decline of language. In 1984 he demonstrates how language can be used to control thought and manipulate the past. This is proven throughout the novel by examining the language of Newspeak and how it is key to controlling the totalitarian state, and how using language to alter and manipulate history can shape reality. In his essay Politics…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in 1903, Bengal, India, Eric Arthur
Blair, later known as George Orwell, was
destined to become known as one of the
most influential author’s of his time.
George Orwell spent the earliest days of his
life in India, where his father was stationed.
One year after his birth, his mother moved
him and his older sister, Marjorie, to
Henley-on-Thames, England. At the age of
four, he began composing his first poem.
His first success…
warmongering muck that our left-wingers were spilling at that time” (1970, p. 289). His conclusion was that intellectuals in general, and Britain’s socialist movement in particular, were being seduced by totalitarian ideas and models.
Orwell later wrote an essay, Looking Back on the Spanish War, recounting with horror (and with hindsight) the depths to which the truth suffered in wartime reportage within the British press: “I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence…
Science Fiction Essay
Two classic novels, 1984 written by George Orwell and Brave New World penned by Aldous Huxley both possess similar topics and themes. In both novels societies are striving for a utopia, or a perfect society. These novels also take place in societies with versions of totalitarian governments, which is a government that rules by coercion. Not only are the topics similar, but in both novels a rebellious character is the protagonist; Winston Smith from 1984 and John the Savage…
1984: Government's Attempt to Control The Mind and Bodies of Its Citizens
The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is an American classic which
explores the human mind when it comes to power, corruption, control, and the
ultimate utopian society. Orwell indirectly proposes that power given to the
government will ultimately become corrupt and they will attempt to force all to
conform to their one set standard. He also sets forth the idea that the
corrupted government will attempt to…