1984 and How Orwell Illustrates through His Use of Symbolism

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Brianna Malavenda
Ms. Sherman
September 10, 2010
The Power of the Destroyers

In the Novel, 1984, Orwell Illustrates through his use of symbolism that even though the control of the party is powerfully intoxicating, the attachment between a mother and a child will always exist.

Love is a strong factor of life that can never be broken, although the Party seems to find it’s way around that with most of their followers. They use all of their power, to break all bonds and to gain control of the minds of the innocent. Orwell as the author convey’s the true endings and “The terrible thing that the Party had done was to persuade you that mere impulses, mere feelings, were of no account, while at the same time robbing you of all power over the material world.” Orwell pulls the reader in during this sentence, by relating them to situation using the word “you.” It make’s the party’s power seem more overwhelming by relating it to the reader. Orwell also uses repetition of the word, “mere,” exaggerating on the act that an everyday life, feeling, impulse, thought, had no importance. He shows that the Party and it’s control happens even when no one knows it is going on. The Party oversees everyone’s personal life at all times. At the beginning of this passage, Orwell already gives the reader a point of view of negativity towards the party, persuading them to follow the opinion and the idea through the passage. The usage of the past tense “had done” and present “while...” etc., shows the reader the party is infinite in time, it has gone on and will continue. In the last section of this sentence, Orwell states, “robbing you of all power over the material world.” He uses such a bold word choice “robbing because ordinary citizens in this world cannot simply fight back even if they had the choice. The Party has stolen, kidnapped, robbed any knowledge of the real world and its routine. Without this knowledge, the people are powerless. This is all comes together to prove the...
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