George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four 1984 Essay

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1984 is a political parable. While Brave New World describes a future of everyone getting exactly what they want, George Orwell takes this in the opposite direction with a description of how the world most likely will be: mindless, loveless, unfeeling followers of nothing. The first paragraph of the story already foreshadows of what is to come with a description of Victory Mansions, the home of Winston Smith, the protagonist of this story. It tells of the “swirl of gritty dust… The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats.” Even the names of places are depressing. He lives in the province of Airstrip One, the city of London, and in the country of Oceania. The other two countries ...view middle of the document...

And so, depressed, lonely, and ever conscious of the Party’s Minitruth slogan, “Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,” he begins to search for the truth of the past, the rise to power of the current system, and, overall, the truth of his existence. The plot develops as he finds Julia is actually in love with him, and O’Brian seems to be making overtures to Winston on the subject of The Brotherhood. Finally, Smith is at peace. H e has found an old, out-of-the-way place where he can engage in his love affair with Julia. He feels revitalized due to the excess in love, for, as Julia says, pain, hate, and decay are just “sex gone bad.” O’Brian also seems to trust him enough to lend him the charter of the Brotherhood. In this book, he learns the answers to the questions for which he has been searching. It seems as if happiness actually could exist in this world. But no, this is not to be. While visiting his lover one day, they are ambushed by a group of assault troopers. When they arrive in jail, they are separated and the story shifts back to Winston. It seems that the turn of events in his life as gone in a complete circle, and he is actually below where he used to be in life. Soon he learns that both the shopkeeper that betrayed him and also O’Brian are Thought Police, the first time he has seen one. Subsequently, he is tortured into admitting (falsely) that he was a traitor. Julia soon betrays him, and he finds himself doing the same thing. The curious thing is that in prison, he learns the true meaning of life: The Party. Whatever the Party says is right, and history isn’t relevant. History can be changed. If Big Brother says two plus two is five, than it is five. If the Party says Oceania is at war with Eurasia, then it has always been at war with Eurasia. The story ends with Winston released, in a bar, drinking his money away, and completely broken. This is really no surprise to him, for he expected it and knew he had condemned himself...

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