The Influence Of Identity In 1984 By George Orwell

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As people grow up there are many factors that shape these people to become who they are. A common factor in identity formation is society because this is where a person learns the rules that society has put forth for everyone to follow. In George Orwell’s novel 1984, Winston Smith is an outcast of his society because he does not want to follow the rules of the Party. He attempts rebellion against the Party with a girl named Julia, but they are captured and taught the rules. Winston’s attempt to remain in control of his fate is an illusion, as in his manipulated state of mind O’Brien succeeds in perfecting Winston. First, Winston’s efforts to resist are seen when he remembers a picture, “sees” Julia, and says he hates Big Brother. When O’Brien …show more content…
With numerous hours, weeks, months, maybe even years of torture, Winston begins to show signs of improvement and progress. This is the point at which Winston starts to conform because his mind is slowly reconstructing to that of a perfect Party member. Another instance is when Winston begins to accept everything. “He accepted everything. The past was alterable. The past never had been altered… He remembered remembering contrary things, but those were false memories,” (290). By Winston starting to accept what the party says, he will not be tortured as much since he is doing what the party wants from him. Winston is not a full member of society yet because he does not love Big Brother as he should. O’Brien finally breaks Winston when he is brought into room 101, the room that he continuously thinks about. By using his greatest fear against him, rats, O’Brien succeeds in fully conforming and brainwashing him. As O’Brien allows the rats get closer to Winston’s face he shrieks, “Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! I don’t care what you do to her...Not me! Julia! Not me!” (300). In the end of his struggle Winston was trying to hold onto one thing, Julia. Yet, he still manages to complete the ultimate betrayal when O’Brien uses rats, Winston’s greatest fear, to fully conclude the transformation of his rebellious personality. Winston becomes the product of a mindlessly …show more content…
He was troubled by false memories occasionally…Some things had happened, others had not happened.” (308-309)
In the beginning, Winston wanted to now more about the past, but now he has become just like the people of Oceania who can not recall anything that has happened. His mind has learned to filter out any memories of past events which the newspeak dictionary calls “crimestop”. The last instance of the perfection of Winston is when he cries for the love that he has for Big Brother. “Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother” (311)
This is the final step to becoming a full member of the society that he lives in because the only way he can believe anything that the party says, he must love Big Brother. He is now living the life that the party wants the people of Oceania to live in order for them to be controlled by what the party tells them to

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