Analysis Of Winston Smith: From Rebel To Loyal

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Winston Smith: From Rebel to Loyal At the exposition of the story, Winston Smith has already revealed his loathing for the world he lives in. His life is bleak, hatred and anger drive him insane every day. On the surface, however, he seems like an average guy, a smoker with health problems due to the cigarettes. Thanks to Winston’s undoubted hate for Big Brother, The details are revealed about the characters and plotline that may not be known to others, for thanks to Winston, the Party, Big Brother, and the Thought Police are shown to be harsh oppressing powers instead of a fairly-ruling government. Throughout this novel, Winston Smith stands out from the crowd in order to get what he so desires. The government, on the other hand believed …show more content…
Winston works in the records department of the Ministry of Truth, where he changes information from the past to match what the government says happens, a way of manipulating the people. Winston gained a special sense of knowledge when he finds out that some of these things are actually lies, he finds a piece of paper that proves “the confessions were lies” (Orwell 67). Winston, being the only one who knows this, cannot spread the information he has learned, for it is perceived that if everyone doesn’t witness something then the few who claim ideas are not to be believed. This self-contained knowledge could possibly drive him crazy, for he knows of a flaw in the system but cannot let anyone know, he knows for sure he will be immediately vaporized. With every passing day, he grows more and more hatred towards big brother to cousin him this internal conflict which will never be solved. Eventually, Winston unleashes his rage and furiously writes in his notebook “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER” (Orwell 19). Winston knows this action will ultimately get him vaporized, he already committed thoughtcrime by even just thinking those words. Overjoyed with visitation of hatred, he then goes on to state “they’ll shoot me I don’t care they’ll shoot be in the back of the neck I don’t care down with big brother they always shoot you in the back of the neck I don’t care down with big brother” (Orwell 20). …show more content…
In “Psychology: Core Concepts”, it is told that memories can be distorted by “suggestibility, the process of memory distortion as a result of deliberate inadvertent suggestion” more specifically “misinformation effect, The distortion of memory by suggestion or misinformation” (Zimbardo 200). While in the ministry of love, Winston is tortured and manipulated in these such ways to where he becomes loyal to Big Brother, hates Julia, and no longer seeks to learn about his past. He becomes a total subject to Big Brother. Winston initially tries to defy these rules of memory control by refusing to cooperate and disobeying O’Brien, but it is impossible. The brain can only do so much. Winston develops a love for O’Brien and trusts him, now believing that O’Brian stops the pain of the torture he receives, and he has led Winston to eventually believe the undeniable truth that Big Brother is good, And 2+2 = 5. This shows that if the government can make him believe that, they can make him believe anything. He is no longer his own

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