Examples Of Individualism In 1984 By George Orwell

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1984 by George Orwell portrays a dystopia with a near dictatorship where the government tries to control and exercise total power over the minds of people like Winston, constantly filling your head with propaganda. I think the characters exhibit both personalities of individualism and collectivism. Depending on which character and what scenario is the best way to categorize them in what group they belong to. Winston portrays himself as an individualist because he values himself and his thoughts more than the community. Overall, Oceania is more of a collectivist society because characters stress the importance of their totalitarian society, presidency and follow the civil rules. The majority of citizens in London obey Big Brother's rule because in conclusion, individuality is prohibited and can be punished if acted upon. “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING…show more content…
12) Winston is one of the only people, if not the single one, that advocates for the free will of Oceania. The symbolism of Winston’s diary comes back into play in regards to un-Constitutional laws. “(nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death…” (Orwell, 1950, p. 6) Freedom of speech is implied here as un-Constitutional in 1984 because citizens cannot even legally think what they want to think, even more so say what they want to say. The Freedom of press is altered in Oceania, with “Books, also, were recalled and rewritten again and again, and were invariably reissued without any admission that any alteration had been made.” “It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another… no connection with anything in the real world.” (Orwell, 1950, p.40) The alteration of history in Oceania is changed to what the government wants people to think happened, therefore, dismissing freedom of press in

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