The Role Of Human Nature In George Orwell's 1984
1984 proves that human nature can, in fact, be altered as described by Erich Fromm. George Orwell illustrates through characterization of Winston that by stripping individuals of passion, like their “longing for freedom, for dignity, for integrity, for love”, human nature can be manipulated (Fromm 260).
Orwell’s 1984 primarily exhibits the idea that human nature can be controlled by destroying people’s passions and major belief systems through his development of Winston’s personality and Winston’s need “for dignity, for integrity” (Fromm 260). Orwell conveys this point to the reader by completely twisting Winston’s original character and moral perception at the end of the novel. Winston begins the novel as a strong minded, integral, realistic individual. However, the Party (featuring O’Brien) eventually degrades him until his sense of reality and personal beliefs are distorted. Winston’s initial transformation begins in the room with O’Brien at the Ministry of Love. In this scene, O’Brien attempts to alter Winston’s understandings and opinions of the world.