1984: 1984 Symbolism And Symbolism In 1984

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Symbolism
1. Big Brother: Big Brother is seen as the main leader of Oceania. Big Brothers image symbolizes the power and strength of Oceania. He is seen as an overseer or guardian to the citizens of Oceania and is often associated with the party. “At those moments his secret loathing of Big Brother changed into adoration, and Big Brother seemed to tower up, an invincible, fearless protector, standing like a rock against the hordes of Asia” (16).
2. Glass Paperweight: The glass paper weight Winston purchases from Mr. Charrington is used to symbolize Winston’s hope to reconnect with the past. Winston is reminded of the past when he looks at the paper weight since it was crafted before the party took control. When Winston is arrested one of the thought police shatters the paperweight revealing a tiny piece of coral. This event implies that Winston’s hopes to reconnect with the past are now gone. “Someone had picked up the glass paperweight from the table and smashed it to pieces on the hearthstone. The fragment of coral, a tiny crinkle of pink like a sugar rosebud from a cake, rolled across the mat. How small, thought Winston, how small it always was” (183-184).
3. Telescreens: Everyone in Oceania has a telescreen therefore allowing the party to monitor them. They can never
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“Someone had picked up the glass paperweight from the table and smashed it to pieces on the hearthstone. The fragment of coral, a tiny crinkle of pink like a sugar rosebud from a cake, rolled across the mat. How small, thought Winston, how small it always was” (183-184). The destruction of the paperweight suggests that Winston’s hope for a better future are gone. His dreams could also be represented by the piece of coral which appeared big on the outside but was actually tiny. Winston realizes this when he is arrested and brought to the ministry of love where he is completely

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