Joseph Stalin 1984 Comparison Essay

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The plot of 1984 reflects Russian society during Stalin’s reign and the main character Winston is depicted similarly to Orwell. Syme, a constituent of Winston’s tells Winston, “Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it” (Orwell 52). As a writer for the new Dictionary, it is characteristic of him to defend his work. In addition, Syme does not think for himself, and like many lower middle class, repeat Party slogans without being fully aware of its meaning. This parallels the majority of the Soviet Union who did not question Stalin’s means. The largest societal group in 1984 is the proles; Orwell writes “[i]f there is hope, it lies in the proles” (Orwell 69). The proles have the largest numbers even more than the Brotherhood a group opposing Big Brother); therefore they have the largest manpower. Only they are capable of overpowering Big Brother. In 1984 the proles represent the proletariat, Orwell sympathizes with them so Winston is shown to place hope in them. In the manifesto of the revolutionary group it is written, “The two aims of the Party [, Big Brothers associates,] are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of…show more content…
in which the Russian Revolution is portrayed allegorically on a farm. Orwell’s fixation on Russian history is evident in 1984 and Animal Farm; however, “Nineteen Eighty-Four received an even better reception than Animal Farm” (“Orwell” 12). Orwell's allegory of the Russian Revolution portrays Lenin as Snowball, a calm pig who wishes to spread his revolution to other farms. however just as Stalin overthrew Lenin to create totalitarian rule, Napoleon usurps Snowball. Just as 1984 showed the exploitation of the proles Animal Farm shows the betrayal of the working

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