Theme Of Alienation In 1984 By George Orwell

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1984 describes a story of a dystopian society in Oceania, where a man named Winston, lives. This man contrasts with the whole of the Party, as he understands that Party deceives the people and makes them believe that everything told to them equals truth. George Orwell often utilizes a main character, who differs from all others, to highlight values of the society within which the character lives in his other novels. In the case of 1984, Orwell brings Winston into the novel to display all things wrong with his society. George Orwell uses Winston’s class standing alongside his feelings to create this alienation, which reveals the society’s moral values. Firstly, Orwell alienates Winston from the rest of Oceania’s society, through the use of …show more content…
He understands how the Party controls the people, but he doesn’t really understand why. Throughout the novel, he struggles with this question along with feelings of doubt towards the Party. Another example of how Winston is alienated from society is during the Two Minutes Hate, everyone chants at the telescreen, but Winston does not feel the same way as the others until “Winston found that he was shouting with the others and kicking his heel violently against the rung of his chair” (Orwell 16). During the Two Minutes Hate, Winston’s ability to think still occurs, while everyone else is shouting at the telescreen up to this point. Orwell also produces alienation for Winston through Winston’s relationship with Julia. Before Julia …show more content…
An example of this is when the Party interrogates Winston, “you are here because you have failed in humility, in self-discipline. You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity” (Orwell 205). This passage describes how O’Brien begins forcing Winston to break down due to the constant suffering he must endure. It portrays how the Party believes that “We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission… We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us; so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him.” (Orwell 210). Yet, another example of the Party exposing its values due to Winston’s alienation is when O’Brien is explaining the Party to Winston during Winston’s torture “Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing” (Orwell 220). This exploits the Party valuing submission over independence and power over

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