Role Of Religion In George Orwell's 1984

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George Orwell’s 1984 was written to warn us about the potentially dangerous future that lies ahead. The Party sought complete sovereignty over the people for their own selfish reasons. Winston Smith, the protagonist, commits many treasonous acts against the party with Julia, his lover. Eventually, Winston and Julia are captured by the party and put through many types of tortures at a multitude of degrees in order to rule out all opposition and teach them to love Big Brother, their undivided ruler. There are many different symbols in the novel that help to give it a deeper meaning for example, the use of religion. Although religion is alluded to only several times in George Orwell’s 1984, the portrayal of the characters, objects, and policies of the party presented in this novel, have an underlying meaning of Religion. There is a great similarity between the characters and objects in 1984 of those in The Garden of Eden. The first two people God created, Adam and Eve, were placed into the idyllic garden of Eden. They were free to do as they pleased, and to encouraged to enjoy everything the garden had to offer, the only rule was to …show more content…
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