Prompt 2005 B: One of the strongest human drives seems to be a desire for power. Write an essay in which you discuss how a character in a novel or a drama struggles to free himself or herself from the power of others or seeks to gain power over others. Be sure to demonstrate in your essay how the author uses this power struggle to enhance the meaning of the work.
Oct 29, 2012
The human drive for power has led to the corruption and downfall of many nations. In the novel 1984, by George Orwell, the power hungry tyrant Big Brother suppresses the party members of Oceania into unconsciousness. They have become mentally numb. Winston Smith struggles to free himself from the over powering Big Brother by progressively disobeying
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Human nature had been suppressed so much by Big Brother they were denied even animalistic freedom. Orwell used this to exemplify that when man is denied his natural rights rebellion from suppression is his nature. Winston gave every part of himself to the Brotherhood in hopes to bring down Big Brother and his reign of terror. O’Brien questioned Winston and Julia’s commitment to the rebellion asking: “You are prepared to give your lives...to commit murder....to throw sulfuric acid in a child face...to lose your identity...to commit suicide?” All of which Winston replied “Yes” without hesitation. Winston’s defiance towards Big Brother’s power had so deeply embedded itself into his mentality that he lost himself. His identity, his life, his whole existence were devoted to rebelling. At this point he had lost all sight of the freedom he escaped for. Essentially, he escaped slavery from Big Brother to become a slave of the Brotherhood. He has become delusional for this rebellion which is inevitable in his downfall. Though rebellion is inevitable it is not always freeing. Big Brother’s over powering suppression made Winston thirst and completely submit to rebellion. He tried to free himself from the Party by breaking the law but by being consumed in the rebellion his freedom was