The Importance Of Relationships In George Orwell's 1984

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George Orwell’s famous book on totalitarianism and control shows how the party’s ability to destroy relationships leads to a loss in one’s humanity. 1984 is set in one of the three major nations of this futuristic novel, Oceania. In this particular nation, every human relationship is suppressed and rid of love and affection. Sex is viewed as a dirty act, and is only used to create more Party members. Marriage is merely a legal bond and holds no emotional connection. Families are emotionally pulled apart from the very moment of birth, and children even contribute to the deaths of their own family members. The lack of relationships within this barren society destroys any hope of humanity being a thriving component of Oceania. Winston …show more content…
Julia questions why Winston would be happy knowing that she’d slept with so many people before him, and Winston replies that he wants the Party to be corrupt, “I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.”(Orwell, 132) The Party has created their own ideas of purity, which include some of the aforementioned ideas: sex is a disgusting duty, so you must abstain from it at all costs, and marriage’s only purpose is to create children, and therefore you mustn’t be attracted to your significant other. In order to rebel, citizens must have sex for pleasure, and fall in love. This is why Winston wants everyone to be corrupt. He doesn’t realize that a corrupt society is the least preferable society. He is unconsciously hoping and advocating for an undesirable society. Winston now wants a corrupt society, which is a rejection to the idea of restoring humanity. When Winston and Julia meet O’Brien and take vows to be inducted into the Brotherhood, they agree to do inhumane acts,
“’You are prepared to commit murder?’
‘Yes’
‘To commit acts of sabotage which may cause the deaths of hundreds of innocent people?’
‘Yes’
You are prepared to cheat, to forge, to blackmail, to corrupt the minds of children, to distribute habit-forming drugs, to encourage prostitution, to disseminate venereal diseases – to do anything which is likely to cause demoralization
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Sex has been corrupted. Couples no longer have a very intimate and personal way of showing affection to each other. Winston, in fact, is happy to learn that Julia has been with many men, because it means that that there is corruption within the Party itself. Children are neither respectful nor loyal to their own family. They denounce them, and essentially confirm the death of their own family members. They take pride in destroying families, under the ploy that they 're aiding the Party. On top of this, an intimate symbol of love, marriage, is also purged of its sanctity. In Oceania, the only purpose of marriage is to create a legal connection between two people in order to eventually procreate and provide the Party with new members for the future. The Party created their own definitions of purity and goodness. So by rebelling against them, Winston advocates corruption without meaning to. Lastly, Winston, although with good intentions, agrees to do horrible, pain inflicting acts if it comes to that point. He agrees to do this with the hope that it 'll aid in overthrowing Big Brother, but nonetheless, torture is torture, and it is inhumane. Humanity is built upon a beautiful mixture of relationships, from colleagues, to lovers, to close family members. Humanity allows us to differ right from wrong, to use critical thinking in touch situations and in turn, learn to live a life of individuality. The Party’s ability to obliterate

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