Essay on George Orwell 's 1984 : Symbolism And Humanity

1423 Words May 17th, 2015 6 Pages
Symbolism and Humanity in 1984 In George Orwell’s 1984, he shows exactly what a negative utopia would look like. It is bleak, controlled, and mindless. Orwell’s reasoning to write this novel was he wanted to show us precisely that so he could let us know that our job as a society is to keep this book from coming true (Gaydosik). From the very start, it is shown that humanity, whether it be the society itself or the mentality of the citizens, has been absolutely stripped away and that anyone who dares to think differently will be punished. In addition, Orwell states in the book that Winston wonders if writing for future generations is a lost cause or not (Dickstein). Orwell uses his characters to portray and symbolize the true downfall of humanity. The characters themselves speak volumes about how different people could turn out from living in their society. Winston and O’Brien are essentially polar opposites considering their beliefs at the beginning of the book; however Winston and Julia are rather similar in their beliefs. Winston has a sliver of hope almost all throughout the book even though he sealed his destiny by purchasing and writing in the diary, and also by having relationships. He does everything in his power to keep his head all the while writing, maintaining his relationship with Julia, even by having simple thoughts, etc. He does all of this knowing whole heartedly that he will eventually be put to death for it (Bechel). He thinks that he and O’Brien both…

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