Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Orwell ' Essay

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Passion maximizes the opportunities of life, making it worth subsisting. Without the passion to pursue a meaningful activity or belief, life essentially surrenders its value. In relation to 1984 by George Orwell, the lives of the proles do not hold value to society because they lack a passion for anything and exist only with the simple goal of survival. Since the proles do not aim to achieve anything higher than survival, they consequently live deprived of essential experiences, feelings, and rights. However, they remain unbothered and accept this as the standard of living, never requesting change. As a result, society categorizes the proles as inhuman because they rarely analyze their civilization and seem undisturbed by their inadequate living conditions. Erich Fromm examines a similar concept in his afterward to 1984 by asking, “Can human nature be changed in such a way that man will forget his longing for freedom, for dignity, for integrity, for love- that is to say, can man forget that he is human? Or does human nature have a dynamism which will react to the violation of these basic needs by attempting to change an inhuman society into a human one?” (Fromm 260). 1984 proves that human nature can, in fact, be altered as described by Erich Fromm. George Orwell illustrates through characterization of Winston that by stripping individuals of passion, like their “longing for freedom, for dignity, for integrity, for love”, human nature can be manipulated (Fromm 260).

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