The Lack Of Freedom In George Orwell's 1984

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Love is not easily seized and it is not easily broken. Love is an emotion that humans always have control over even if they were being oppressed in other ways. Love has always fostered hope for people in the face of fear and allowed them to look forward to a better day. In the Soviet Union, in Communist China, and even in Nazi Germany, love could not be changed and was something that people of those nations were free to practice on their own. But this was not the case in Oceania, and Orwell made this abundantly clear. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four explores the lack of freedom instituted by Big Brother and how the character of Winston experienced the deprivation of love in Winston’s past relationships with women, his current relationship …show more content…
The United States, Great Britain, and many other nations around the world have had leaders who are incredibly loved by the people. But in Oceania the love of a leader is not encouraged, but demanded. To be a decent and contributing citizen one must love Big Brother and appreciate him for all he does for his people. But for Winston Smith this demand is, for most of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, impossible. In his journal Winston wrote “Down with Big Brother” and because of his job Winston knew that the Party and Big Brother lie to the people of Oceania (Orwell 19). During his work at the Ministry of Truth, Winston recognizes false and changing information put out by Big Brother. Winston noted that “. . . there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week” (Orwell 60). Yet despite the lies, people in Oceania loved and adored Big Brother. He is their protector from all things evil, including the people of Eastasia and Eurasia. The people “. . . succumb to a state of mind the Party chooses to call the ‘love” of Big Brother. . . or Doublethink. . . the people of Oceania have to be ruled by, indeed become one with, the will of Big Brother. . .” (Gottlieb 52). Doublethink is something that Winston never had and O’Brien explained to him that “You must love Big Brother. It is not enough to obey him; you must love him” (Orwell 292). Winston eventually succumbed to the influences of the Party and learned to really love Big Brother without loving another. Winston eventually gave up the memories of his mother and sister, Julia, and any hope of rebellion because he knew that “He loved Big Brother” (Orwell

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