In George Orwell’s, 1984, a totalitarian and communist-like government is portrayed, in a futuristic world that allows no freedom of speech, religion, or even thought. The citizens of Oceania, the setting of the novel, had absolutely no freedom of doing anything. They were totally controlled and were immediately terminated if one was to disobey any rule. The “Party” was basically the name for the community and everyone that followed the ways of The Party. Anyone who was against The Party was “vaporized”, with their identification completely erased from any records and their existence completely forgotten. Every move anyone made was carefully watched by the “telescreens”, placed in every room, every street, every corner, and everywhere you could possibly think of. Escaping the eye of the telescreen was merely impossible. Orwell created a world of fraud where everyone was brainwashed; removed the ability to do anything one wished to do. The income was controlled, language changed, freedom of thought non-existent, approval of marriage and mandatory routines. Love, joy, peace, and even pleasure were feelings of non-existence and were considered crimes.
Considering the fact that Orwell had experienced a totalitarian-like government first hand, I believe that his intent of writing this novel was to reach the governments that were in favor of this kind of rule and prevent it before it could get any worse. He created an extreme world of corruption, over exaggerating the situation, so that people could see what kind of destruction was to come if the communist ways continued. The story line of the novel was very well put together. It was not necessarily a reality, but through his wording and way of expressing the story, it was very believable. Every moment was so well explained to the point where a picture could be seen vividly and imagined in the reader’s head without difficulty.
The main characters of the novel are Winston, Julia, and O’brien. Winston, being the center of the novel and the protagonist is a Party member who lives and works amongst everyone else in their brainwashed state, but is secretly against the Party. He constantly has thoughts of the Party, and every bit of information they give out being false. He also thinks of the past and tries to remember anything he can from it. Thinking for yourself in Oceania is a crime and can lead to termination of the person committing it. Therefore Winston tries to keep his thoughts and expressions as unnoticeable as possible. He even has a diary which he writes in only in an area of his apartment that is out of the way of the telescreen. He meets and falls in love with a woman named Julia who secretly passes him a note saying “I love you.” They end up having a secret love affair, hoping that The Party will not catch them in the act. Julia is younger than Winston, twenty-six years old, while he is in his forties. Although she was very active in a lot of activities of the Party, she was very rebellious and against the ways of the Party. Her objective was to break the rules, yet stay alive all at the same time. O’brien is the antagonist of the novel, in the beginning pretending to help Winston and Julia in there quest to be against the Party and being on their side. Unfortunately in the end we find out that he is a part of the Ministry of Love, which is where any criminal ends up, and has been watching Winston for the past seven years, setting up a plot for him to eventually be caught in the end. He has no heart and brutally tortures Winston in their sessions together, yet has a sort of connection with Winston. Because he has watched Winston for so long he has gotten to know him, his thoughts, and his expressions, probably even better than the back of his own hand. The most frightening moment and the climax of the novel in my opinion was the scene and last time Winston and Julia were with each other in the “junk house”, sitting on the bed,...
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