English IV AP –7
9 February 2012
George Orwell’s novel, 1984, includes many power struggles throughout the book involving various characters. If you delve into the content of almost any novel, there’s usually always some sorts of struggle for power. The novel 1984 bases itself on the totalitarian power to control a nation. With Orwell publishing his novel in 1949, Hitler’s power over Germany during World War II shows itself significant in the story. Many parallels to 1984’s reality and actual reality exist in the novel. Goldstein symbolizes the internal enemies of Hitler that were portrayed to help control the population’s thoughts. Orwell’s use of diction, syntax, and narrative strategies show Winston’s struggle of freeing himself from Big Brother’s power, his secret freedom he feels through his sexual engagement with Julia, and his struggle to free himself from the mass torture of interrogation and false confessions during his sleep. In Book 1, Orwell begins his portrayal of the perfect totalitarian system. He uses symbols such as Big Brother, The Brotherhood, Goldstein, who are questioned to even being in existence, to deliver the importance that there has to be some form of “Hate” in order to have control over a nation. Meanwhile, he also uses these symbols to progressively build Winston’s rebellion against the limits of the Party’s power. His diction and detail reveals dark images, with words such as Hate, “venomous attack” and “death”. Every time Orwell uses an em dash it, shows a transition of some sort. “…perhaps even—so it was occasionally rumored—in some hiding place in Oceania itself.” In this case, the transition comes from the description of Goldstein’s character to Winston’s present experience. The allusion to the First Amendment reveals importance because it places a stand that such means of government lives unprecedented and against law if communism would have held ground. In Book 2, the use of...
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