1984: Winston Smith
The book 1984, by George Orwell, was written to poke fun at the idea of totalitarianism and utopias. A utopia is a perfect society in which there is no hate or displeasure, but because it is impossible to achieve, it is thought of as imaginary. A dystopia, which is 1984, is the opposite of a utopia and is a place with oppression, human suffering, and famine. The main character, Winston Smith, is initially against the party and big brother, which is totalitarianism. However, his mindset changes a few times throughout the book. Winston became more active in rebelling against big brother, changed his feelings toward the party ideals, but he still lives in the same area throughout the story. In part one of 1984, Winston sits quietly in his flat writing in his journal in “secret,” however, in part two he meets Julia, which makes him act out more against the party and seems to be more risky and aggressive in rebelling along with Julia. Winston and Julia have intercourse for pleasure and that is wrong in this society. The party views intercourse as a means of reproduction only and so the children can be turned into spies in attempts to incriminate any parents who may be plotting against the party. Winston goes further by renting an apartment above a prole shop owned by Mr. Charrington. He does this because he wants a secluded place to relax and not be watched by telescreens. This turns out to be false because Mr. Charrington is actually a member of the thought police, but as for now Winston thinks he is alone. His actions betraying the party escalate to the point when he visits O’brien’s home to discuss the brotherhood, which is a made up organization that is opposed to the party. It started when O’brien stopped Winston at work and told him he admired his writing then O’brien invited him over to converse about newspeak and Winston’s writing. Winston, having shared a suspicious, meaningful eye contact with O’brien once...
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