Friday, March 20, 2009


In my analysis of 1984, I would like to focus on Winston's emotions of the Party. The Party watches him through telescreens and everywhere he looks he sees the Party's leader who is known as "Big Brother." The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people's history and language. It even forced the invention of a new language called Newspeak, which attempted to prevent political rebellion. Winston feels frustrated because he does not like control of the Party. It prohibits free thought, sex, and any expression of individuality. Winston dislikes the party and has illegally bought a diary so that he could write his criminal thoughts. He has also become interested in a powerful Party member named O'Brien, whom Winston believes is a secret member of the Brotherhood. TheBrotherhood is a legendary group that works to overthrow the Party.
Winston is troubled by the Party's control of history. The Party claims that Oceania has always been allied with Eastasia in a war against Eurasia, but Winston remembers a time when this was not true. The Party also claims that Emmanuel Goldstein is the most dangerous man alive, but this does not seem true to Winston. One day, Winston receives a note from the dark-haired girl that reads “I love you.” She tells him her name isJulia, and they begin to have an affair, always on the lookout for signs of Party monitoring. Eventually they rent a room above the secondhand store in the prole district where Winston bought the diary. This relationship lasts for some time. Winston is sure that they will be caught and punished sooner or later. As Winston's affair with Julia progresses, his hatred for the Party grows more and more intense.
Sadly, Winston and Julia were tricked by Obrien, the spy. They were both captured and forced to belive that "Big Brother" was the best decision for them. Winston was brainwashed into thinking that he had no feelings for Julia. He was confronted with his worst fear, rats, and completely converted to the ways of "Big Brother." Winston's love for Julia and freedom seemed to have been very strong throughout the story but obviously not strong enough because he allowed fear and peer pressure to overcome his feelings of being free and his relationship with Julia.

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