1984 by George Orwell represents the struggle of power and control within government and also depicts the possible outcome of communism or a dictatorship like it taking over the world. Orwell does this by representing the weather as a mood and tone of the novel as well as the amount of freedom the characters have. He also uses imagery such as the telescreens and signs with logos that represent oppression.
Orwell uses Winston as the main character and also as a main weapon against the party. Not only does Winston lead the story he also is a symbol for rebellion. The novel begins with the setting being described as a “bright cold day” (Orwell 1) with Winston attempting to “escape the vile wind” (Orwell 1) and the “gritty dust” (Orwell 1). Shortly after this the tone is depressing and darker as it begins to explain Winston’s home life where he walks up 7 flights on his varicose ulcer that was on his right ankle. In the first of many instances the mood is usually determined by the weather, as if the weather foreshadows the mood. This begins to describe the rebellion as well as Winston by showing that there is no rebellion and what is there is weak like Winston.
Winston is the symbol for rebellion and at the beginning of the story he is depicted as an old man, even though he is in his thirties. He walks slowly and is very frail. This shows that not only is Winston weak but so is the rebellion. As time moves throughout the novel it is evident that Orwell stresses less on Winston’s flaws and fragility but more on the actions that Winston does against the rebellion.
The novel continues to have instances where weather foreshadows the mood and tone of the story. On page 123 Winston and Julia see a Bough in the distance. The bough continues to spread its wings whilst in the sun and “ducked its head for a moment, as though making a sort of obedience to the sun, and then began to pour forth a torrent of song.” (Orwell 123) This quote...
Cited: Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Signet Classic, 1949. Print.
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