The Themes of Hope and Betray in the Novel Nineteen Eighty-four Betrayal is a concept of one losing hope and trust in another. Unknowingly, one can be misled by individuals closest to them, allowing them to lose hope. For example, one can be a victim of deception by the disloyalty of a close friend they trust. Similarly, George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-four demonstrates one losing hope in the individuals they meet. The interwoven themes of hope and betrayal are evident through O’Brien, Julia, and Mr.Charrington as they betray Winston, and Oceania’s society since they are misled by Big Brother. In the novel Nineteen Eighty-four, O’Brien successfully demonstrates the themes of hope and betrayal. As O’Brien’s character is introduced to the reader, one can note he is idealized by Winston. To Winston, O’Brien is an individual that is against Big Brother’s propaganda. The main character feels a sense of satisfaction when O’Brien is present. Winston tells the audience, he has, “a secretly-held belief- or perhaps not even a belief, merely a hope—that O’Brien’s political orthodoxy was not perfect” (Orwell, 13). Winston always hopes that O’Brien will side with him and help him find out history. Thinking O’Brien had the same thoughts as him, allowed Winston to be more confident and comfortable with himself. Winston believes O’Brien can help him achieve the freedom he wants. O’Brien’s character also portrays the theme of betrayal; all the hope Winston had in O’Brien quickly changes into deceit as he realizes, O’Brien is the individual who tortures him to love Big Brother. First, O’Brien pretends to be a part of the Brotherhood. He inducts Winston into the group, but does it to frame him for the ultimate crime. While in the jail cell Winston hears, “the same voice that had said to him, ‘we shall meet in the place where there is no darkness,’ in a dream seven years ago” (256). Throughout the book, the reader is told O’Brien says this in Winston’s dream earlier. To...
Cited: Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-four. London: Penguin, 2008. Print
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