1984 Symbolism In 1984

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1984 was written by George Orwell describing what a world would be like controlled by one party and one party only. Winston, the main character, lives in this unreal world and expresses what it would be like if this would ever happen. INGSOC, which is the controlling party, has their own view on things, such as peace, freedom, and strength. Although Winston is a party member of this upper-class party, he is still under control by it and does not have freedom like the upper members. In this negative ideal place, INGSOC has changed history for upcoming generations to make them believe in one thing, and one thing only: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength” (Orwell). They have posters with the slogan “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” (Orwell, 2). The civilians who own…show more content…
Numerous times in the book, there are points mentioned where he disobeys the party’s rules to feel like he has more freedom, but he also feels that every time he disobeys, there is someone out there to get him for the crimes he has committed. He tells O’Brien that he wanted to join Brotherhood to take Big Brother down. One example is Winston buying a diary in a city where he is not allowed and writing down “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” in the diary he purchased, knowing that anyone who goes against the party and commits a crime would be held captive and questioned or shot. Another example is Winston having sexual affairs with two women, one being a prostitute and the other being the dark-haired lady by the name of Julia. He does not regret filling up the void of pleasure even though the prostitute is an old, ugly woman and the dark-haired girl is someone he thought was a spy but turned out not to be one. While Julia and Winston spend more time together, they will become emotional and physically close making Winston commit another crime. He has bought out a room above the shop in the city where he is forbidden to step foot
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