Essay on George Orwell 's 1984, O ' Brien, And Julia

908 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout the course of one’s life, there are many trials and tribulations with being loyal and receiving loyalty from others. The struggle with staying honest to one’s self and others is a human incompetence that arises from the indirect psychological warfare society and the media wages against individuals. The futuristic society found in George Orwell’s 1984 can be examined to reveal a deep message about what it means to be human by analyzing the characters of Winston Smith, O’Brien, and Julia. The three-pronged betrayal between the three dynamic characters will demonstrate the fragility of loyalty and the efficiency of psychological manipulation to break that loyalty. Winston Smith exemplifies all the characteristics of an observant and lonely man. His life in Oceania is routine to his job at the Ministry of Truth. He struggles to fit the mold of the perfect Outer Party member as he often recalls memories of a life before a constant war and extreme poverty, with the hope that he could someday be free and independent. He is aware of how it is “terribly dangerous to let [his] thoughts wander when [he is] in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give [him] away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to [himself]- anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide” (Orwell 62). Even with all his knowledge of how critical it is to stay loyal to the party and Big…

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