Rebellion Against Higher Authority

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Rebellion against higher authority has a big influence on the thoughts and actions of the two main characters in George Orwell's novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. The main characters, Winston and Julia, both get pleasure in rebelling because of the harsh oppression that their government institutes. Winston and Julia both rebel, but to different extents. Winston risks everything in his life while rebelling, because he is desperate to know why the government, also known as 'The Party', has executed such power over their town of Oceania. Julia, on the other hand, rebels only to gain pleasure, live in the moment, and have freedom from The Party.

Winston feels very strongly about how the government runs. Even though he could be killed by the Thought Police, Winston risks thinking about how hope lies in the proles, stating that, “in those swarming disregarded masses, could the force to destroy the party ever be generated.” (Orwell 72). Even thinking a thought like that, he could lose everything he owns, but he is so against the government that he is willing to take that risk. Winston also goes out of his way to get to his co-workers house to discuss becoming a member of the anti-party, called the Brotherhood, because his outrage towards the party has reached the point where he would risk being caught and killed if seen. Finally, Winston writes in his diary, which was bought illegally according to the government, “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” (20). This act of rebellion could cost him his life, because the government watching him through the telescreen in his house could have seen and had him killed. Winston cares more about the large-scale social issues, rather than the smaller, easy to be broken rules, like Julia.

Julia also feels strongly against the party, but to a lesser degree. She takes risks only to gain pleasure from breaking the small rules, like having relations with Winston, who thinks she is a serious follower of the government. “'It's...
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