Symbolism in 1984 by George Orwell

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Symbolism in 1984 by George Orwell

In 1984 privacy seems to be almost inexistent. Every where Winston goes, Big Brother is always there as well. Under the Thought Police and the party’s control, there is no such thing as truth. In George Orwell’s novel 1984, he uses symbolism in order to show that in this world, no one has privacy.

In 1984, Big Brother today is very much like police. Big Brother is the leader of the nation. Symbolizes the fiction on which the party is built and remains untouchable. (SOURCE). Big Brother is the head of the party. The party symbolizes the party in its public form. (SOURCE). It is a constant threat. It is the manifestation of the lies upon lies that allows the party to remain absolute control. (SOURCE). Also, today we have a reality television show called Big Brother. A group of random people live in a house and have to do exactly what is asked of them. In this drama packed show they are being watched on cameras. All the people backstab, cheat, lie, fight, and some find romance. The glass paperweight. It is the little thing of beauty and hope that Winston discovers in Mr. Charington’s Shop. It symbolizes Winston’s desire to connect with an authentic past. (SOURCE). When Winston gets arrested by the thought police, the paperweight shatters. The shattering of the paperweight symbolizes no hope. (SOURCE). The glass paperweight also symbolizes escape from a self-defeating and unnatural routine, as it represents the suspension of time. The coral and the objects that Winston guessed that the glass contained – a rose or a sea anemone – are all living things, suggesting that the paperweight symbolizes the suspension of life. (SOURCE).

Telescreens are at the armed forces assistant. Telescreens were used to monitor the activity of the people. Telescreens symbolize surveillance camera’s that are used every where today. Security camera’s are in schools, gas stations, restaurants, stores, banks, and almost every store you...
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