Critical Analysis Of 1984 By George Orwell's 1984

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1984 Critical Analysis Can human characteristics be easily taken away by force and manipulation? In order to be completely human, one must have the freedom to think, speak, and act for themselves with minimal influence by others around them. In the book 1984 by George Orwell, Winston Smith, the main character, faces many conflicts, one of which was to stay human in the presences of a totalitarian party. The state in which he is currently residing in, Airstrip One, Oceania, has been taken over by a totalitarian party known as Big Brother, who uses psychological manipulation and fear to control its citizens. Winston desperately seeks freedom and a way to rebel against the party which gets himself into a massive amount of trouble. Throughout …show more content…
The first object that he illegally bought from the black-market was a diary. Winston used that diary to write his thoughts and everything that he was unable to speak out loud. Thought crime was a big deal in Oceania and anyone who is found committing the crime was severely punished, therefore this event is especially important. By writing in the diary, Winston is maintaining a quality of being humane. One characteristic of being human is imagination and the freedom of writing and creating words from thoughts is a form of imagination. Winston also purchased a paperweight the second time he went to the shop. “What appealed to him about it was not so much its beauty as the air it seemed to possess of belonging to an age quite different from the present one” (Orwell 96). To Winston, the paperweight acted as a reminder of the past. He also admired the beauty of …show more content…
Totalitarians uphold a lot of power over its citizens. They are capable of doing anything they want without the consent of the people living under their rule. Big Brother uses manipulation and fear to persuade people into believing that the Party is good. “It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week” (Orwell 58). The manipulation seems to be working since the people in fact believe what is being said to

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