In his novel 1984, George Orwell describes a world with an oppressive government called “The Party” that all people must worship. In order to describe a conflicting situation involving a government of this nature, Orwell centers his story on a dissenter named Winston that tries to break away from this oppression. When someone takes control without the mandate of the people, there will always be groups of people that stand up to it.
George Orwell included the character of Winston in order to show the moral and ethical implications that come from rebelling against one’s government. Winston’s first rebellious crimes against his government manifested themselves in the form of thoughts. As soon as Winston started to have doubts and regrets about his current government, he was assumed to be a criminal to the state. The Party’s name for this type of person was a “thought-criminal” and they were considered just as dangerous as any other criminal that committed a crime against the government. During the times that Winston was living in, the government believed something as simple as a thought could eventually cause a rebellion or an uprising against their government. If this oligarchy allowed people to think for themselves, anti-Party ideas could arise and people could take action against the government. The implications of thoughts against the government were too dangerous so something had to be done with these people.
Winston further betrayed his government as his thoughts turned into memories of better times when the tyrannical government was non-existent. When Winston went out walking one day, he saw a stone that he remembered seeing at some point when he was a child. He immediately bought this souvenir, but kept it a secret that it was in his possession. Although it was just a piece of junk, it was also solid proof that a time before the government took power existed. In an oligarchy as extreme as the one in 1984, having control...
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