Paranoia In George Orwell's 1984

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George Orwell’s 1984 has been one of the most well received novels for more than half a century. In this classic and well written novel, our protagonist, a man named Winston Smith, is in a battle with oppression in his home of Oceania. In this dystopian society he as well as everyone else is under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Party, who lead the government in Oceania. The Thought Police, who exist to be Oceania enforcement group, are the ones punish those who refuse to follow the laws. This practically epitomizes the word totalitarian, as these groups ban all sorts of individuality and cause nothing but blunt paranoia and fear in citizens. Against the totalitarian society’s laws, Winston begins to make a diary to free himself of the supposed government mental control, and he also fall in love with…show more content…
The paranoia turns into a sense of complete delusion as he takes more risks to defy the government. Thanks to three actions, Winston identified himself as a terrorist to the government because “The conspiracy that he had dreamed of did exist, and he had reached the outer edges of it... What was happening was only the working-out of a process that had started years ago. The first step had been a secret, involuntary thought, the second had been the opening of the diary. He had moved from thoughts to words, and now from words to actions. The last step was something that would happen in the Ministry of Love” (Orwell 347). His journey to full on rebel had gone full circle. His very first thoughts on a world without Big Brother symbolize his insurgent mindset. His writing in a journal represents his defiance as individuality is a crime. Having an illegal affair with Julia, represents disobedience, as it is illegal to have sex. George Orwell successfully made a protagonist that rebels and guerilla fighters can look up to when under oppression of a horrible
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