Big Brother : The Dictator Of Oceania And Face Of The Party Essay

1094 Words Sep 8th, 2014 5 Pages
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, Big Brother is the dictator of Oceania and face of the Party. Big Brother is on all the telescreens, watching every citizen of Oceania. In George Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother, whether real or fictional, helps prop the Party by reassuring the general population, threatening the Oceanians into submission, and acting as a magnet for dissent. As the face of the party, Big Brother must project an aura of vitality and confidence. Therefore, his appearance is key. Big Brother looks “about forty-five, with a heavy black mustache and ruggedly handsome features” (Orwell 1). He is avuncular, trustworthy, and charismatic. His appearance is propaganda, meant to present the health of the state and the Party. His name connotes an image of a caring, older sibling who looks out for you. Additionally, during the Two Minutes Hate, Big Brother “tower[s] up, an invincible, fearless protector, standing like a rock against the hordes of Asia” (Orwell 15). Just as the Two Minutes Hate becomes unbearable, Big Brother’s appearance on the telescreens underscores his kindness and strength, placing him at the same status as a tutelary idol. Big Brother is almost like a tutelary idol. To support the appearance that Big Brother protects the Oceanians from threats, during the Two Minutes Hate, a Eurasian Soldier appears on the telescreens, carrying a gun, “But in the same moment, drawing a deep sigh of relief from everybody, the hostile figure melted into the…

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