What Is The Theme Of Betrayal In 1984 By George Orwell

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In a totalitarian government such as Oceania, the citizens are prohibited to develop any close relationship with anyone unless it is with the government to prevent the chances of betrayal towards them. Betrayal becomes a reality when trust in one another is involved which is increasingly rare in Oceania’s society due to the role the thought police pursue. The thought police have the ability to reveal anyone’s flaws resulting in their own torture from the party-meaning parents and children are potential enemies. In George Orwell’s 1984, the party uses the protagonist-Winston Smith’s trust in O’Brien, Mr.Charrington, Julia, and himself to break him down, leading to his ultimate betrayal. Mr.Charrington revealed himself as an innocent old widower …show more content…
Due to the way citizens were treated in Oceania’s society, being together was a way for them to feel like human beings with emotions and instincts, instead of mindless drones with no individuality whatsoever, which is what the Party initializes. “Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act,” (Orwell 63). However, like any love story, their lust and attraction for one another eventually knew into love. Julia one said, “I don’t mean confessing. Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter: only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal” (Orwell 173). Julia goes on about how she will stand by Winston even when the Party tries to manipulate her because feeling a certain way is different from confessing. She continues saying that if she doesn 't go under control of the Party, that her love was never real. Winston trusted Julia more that anyone else in the novel with most secrets because he loved her and it made himself more determined to take down the party, to be able to stay with Julia. He states “Once they get a hold of us there will be nothing, literally nothing, that either of us can do for the other…The one thing that matters is that we shouldn 't betray one another, although even that cant make the slightest …show more content…
This restates this argument about how betrayal is only evident when trust is shown first. When people trust their trust in the hand of the people they love, it is only setting themselves up for their own ultimate betrayal, like Winston Smith. Near the end, it is their love that for one another that keeps them form breaking down underneath their enemies’ brain-washing torture of the Party It is the one thing the Party cant get at, until they do. Room 101 is able to manipulate one to the point that no amount of loyalty can endure the torture that occurs there. The two “lovers” show that their love for each other was not enough to stay loyal in Room 101. The torture that one feels is both physical and psychological, and is custom-fit to each individual;s specific fears. Any loyalty left in the dystopia of 1984 will slowly drift to an intentional destruction. Because of this, there will never be any true loyalty towards the Party, but loyalty based on the fear of citizens and manipulation is perfectly suited for the intentions of the Party. At the end of the novel, it is evident that Winston betrays himself by allowed “BIG BROTHER” to manipulate his thoughts. When Julian and Winston are put in a position were they are face-to-face after their torture, Julia stats

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