George Orwell

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George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty Four , in 1921 joined the Indian

Imperial Police but seven years later resigned having come to hate imperialism. This was

evident in the novel when George Orwell portrayed the Party of Big Brother, as a

government we wouldn't desire but if we were not careful we too like Weinstein Smith,

the main character, would suffer in our lifetime. But Mr. Orwell also presented that we

must not let Big Brother control us and that we must rebel and fight back or else Big

Brother would win. In this novel I believe that hating Big Brother is what kept Winston

alive. To support this thesis the supporting arguments are Winston expressed his feelings

which proves he was a sane human, Winston was more logical than the Party, and he was

not himself when he said he loved Big Brother. Winston, the Party's opposition, had the

only hope to rebel.

Winston wrote in his diary 'if there is hope, it lies in the proles.'

Winston was sane and acted upon feelings knowing he would be executed for

them. When Winston first met Julia, he thought that she was a spy and he wanted to bash

in her skull. When he read her message which was 'I love you', he was stunned and also

pleased that someone had feelings for him. If Winston was totally under Big Brother's

power he wouldn't have felt the urge to return the love, and have the anxiety of

wondering if she did really love him rather then just throwing away the incriminating

message. Winston felt the feeling of hatred toward the Party and was willing to search for

the Brotherhood to try to overthrow the government.

O'Brien asked Winston and Julia, '...what are you prepared to do?' Winston

replied, 'Anything that we are capable of .' Winston's strong hatred toward the Party

made him willing to murder, commit acts of sabotage, to cheat, and commit suicide.

Followers of the Party would not have felt the feelings of such contrast of love and hate

but rather to fulfill their duty to Big Brother.

Winston who was sane was more logical then the Party. Since Winston thought

things through in a logical manner, it helped him stay reassured that the Party was evil

and made him focus on not giving up but mentally not let Big Brother win. O'Brien,

member of the Party, when interrogating Winston said that the Party seeked power and

when you have power, power could conquer matter. Winston was logically assuming that

how could you control diseases, the law of gravity, or the climate. Everything that the

Party tried to make Winston believe, he fought back through logical thinking which

conveyed more flaws of the Party.

'He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.' The above quote

was when Winston's mind was totally brain washed at this time he was killed. Why

would the Party have killed him when he finally believed and loved Big Brother? How

come he wasn't shot when he told O'Brien 'I hate him[Big Brother]'? The reason was

hating Big Brother kept Winston alive. The Party not only wanted Winston to suffer but

to die insane. Dying insane was accomplished when Winston was totally brain washed

and we know this from the time he said he hated Big Brother to he loved Big Brother.

The Party at all cost had to prove that they had power by playing on people's fears or

brainwashing their thoughts such as 2 + 2 = 5. Once this was accomplished, Winston was

now harmless, useless, and wouldn't be able to help them gain power, this leading to his

death. Winston was murdered not as Winston Smith but as an accomplishment of the


While Winston was alive he hated Big Brother, some may say Big Brother bet

him and that is why he was murdered. To me Winston succeeded in conquering Big

Brother personally because when interrogated he openly admitted he hated Big Brother

and fought back using logical explanations. There was no possible was for Winston to

stop the Party from brain washing his mental thoughts. Winston Smith's mind was lost

the minute he was brain washed and all that remained was his shadow.