1984 Individual Vs Society

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One theme found in 1984 by George Orwell is an individual versus a society. Very early in the text, the reader is able to understand the thoughts of Winston and what he thinks of the government. He is not happy with the ways of the government and realizes that there is no escape from Big Brother. Winston describes himself as being, “A lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear” (27). Winston feels that he is “lonely” because he is in a society where he feels he is the only one who is unhappy with the totalitarian government. As a “ghost,” the reader thinks of a mysterious or forgotten figure which is how Winston feels by being one of few that want to revolt against Big Brother. To let out his emotions, Winston starts writing in a diary by “uttering a truth” about how he wants to take Big Brother down. Winston is the only one brave enough to express his feelings. He feels that “nobody would ever hear” because they are too…show more content…
This is a place people are sent when they commit Thoughtcrime, or disloyalty, to Big Brother. At the beginning of the novel, Winston has never seen the Ministry of Love, but he has heard much about the building. The Ministry of Love is described as having, “No windows in it at all… a maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests” (4,5). Since there are “no windows,” the only way to get light is from artificial light instead of sunlight. The sunlight represents warmness and happiness, so by not having any windows, Big Brother takes the love out of life. No windows to the outside world confirms Big Brother’s secrecy and privacy for those inside. The Ministry of Love has “barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests” which sounds like a jail or a war zone. The Ministry of Love sounds like it should be a loving environment, but it is the complete opposite, and this building ultimately results in the death of many
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