Analysis Of George Orwell 's One Of The Most Important Parts Of A Novel

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One of the most important parts of a novel is its characters. Sometimes referred to as the hardest part of a story, characterization has one of the largest effects on the reading experience as well as a story’s progression. Characters can be used to offer insight into the narrator’s, and author’s, viewpoint. It can also help to define the setting, without the need of explicit statements. For example, if a young or middle aged person in a novel uses racial slurs and speaks with a southern drawl, the setting of the book is most probably the American south at pretty much any time. In 1984, George Orwell uses his characters to represent different aspects of his personal beliefs. As 1984 opens, the reader is introduced to Winston Smith—a discontented, thirty-nine-year-old man working in Oceania’s Ministry of Truth. His job entails altering the past to make it align with the Party’s truth. In a process that is looked at now as the fictitious creation of an author’s imagination, Winston and the other workers in the Ministry of Truth manufacture a past independent of actual events (Orwell 39). This, in a way, works as an example of the Party’s main goal: to control their subjects, from thought to action. Inspiration for this ministry came from Orwell’s actual experiences in his observation of the Spanish War. Huge misrepresentation and propaganda created traitors out of brave men, made large battles out of bloodless confrontation, and prompted many academics to build wartime…

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