War Is Peace Freedom Is Slavery And Ignorance Is Strength

During the year nineteen twenty-two, George Orwell served for the Indian Imperial Police in Burma where he witnessed British colonial life and was revolted at what the poor and weak had to endure (“George Orwell Timeline”). Orwell clearly knew about the misuse of power, since he was there first-hand to experience it in action. He was against the atrocious corruption within the government of Burma. Winston Smith - Orwell’s main character in Nineteen Eighty-Four - loathed a corrupted government as much as Orwell. Winston wanted nothing more than to revolt against the government he was trapped in. He saw through their fake campaigns and the lies that hid behind the meanings of “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength” (Orwell 1.1.4). This slogan is the epitome of the Party abusing their power. By keeping the citizens believing …show more content…
He wanted a society where the entire community was able to govern. He wanted a change. However, in order to achieve this goal, it required the support of a rebellion group. This is just like the character, Winston Smith, in Orwell’s book. Throughout the book, Winston repeatedly utters the line “If there is hope . . . it lies in the proles” because, despite their miniscule education, there is such an abundant amount of them that they just might be able to overthrow the Party and all its beliefs (Orwell 1.7.69). Winston wanted the proles to rise up and rebel against the Party since he knew that they were the only group of people capable of doing so. Even Winston attempted slight acts of rebellion ranging from subtle nuances to risky operations: the journal, paperweight, and ultimately, collaborating with O’Brien to take down Big Brother and the Party system. Orwell incorporated his experience in Spain to resemble his logic and reasoning into the story. Change only happens if the people

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