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1984 Argument Essay

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George Orwell’s book, “1984,” has influenced its’ readers from the time it was written even until now. The book has presented a future different from that of the scientific future of flying cars and hovercrafts that society has presented to us. Instead, it tells of rotten political future. Today some people refer to our society as “Orwellian”. They believe Orwell’s story is realistic and compares to our present society. However, there are many people that believe “1984” is satirical nonsense. Orwell was not aware of the impact that his book would have on the world. Even people that have never read “1984” know who Big Brother is and use the term Orwellian. I agree with the realistic half of George Orwell’s audience. The book can be compared to today’s society in many ways. We are even beginning to see some characteristics of an Orwellian society in our social classes, laws, and wars.
Winston Smith is the main character in George Orwell’s “1984”. He is a thirty-nine year old man, he commits thought crimes, and he has anti-party views. Winston, also, is not in the best of health. “1984” tells of Winston’s struggles as he tries to make a change in his society. He and every party member is constantly being watched and listened to by the telescreens. There are such things as the “Thought Police,” “Hate Week,” and the “Junior Anti-Sex League”. The party’s main goal is to control their people and sculpt them into feeling nothing unless it is love for the party and for the Brotherhood and Goldstein. The society is split up into four parts, the slaves, the proles, the outer party members, and the inner party members. Winston feels that everybody is against him and he desperately wants to find a member of the Brotherhood, if it exists. O’Brien had struck him as a man that was on his side during one of the Two Minutes Hate sessions when they had eye contact for a short moment. “‘I am with you,’ O’Brien seemed to be saying to him. ‘I know precisely what you are feeling. I know all about your contempt, your hatred, your disgust. But don’t worry, I am on your side!’” (George Orwell, page 11-12). Winston noticed another person in that session. It was a lady, but Winston was frightened by her because he thought she was an agent of the Thought Police. However, he finds out she is in love with him and they have an affair, which was considered thought crime. Time went on and finally O’Brien made contact with Winston. Winston was to meet at O’Brien’s house to pick up a dictionary. Winston decides to bring Julia, the women he is having an affair with, to O’Brien’s because Winston knows it is a secret meeting concerning the Brotherhood. They find out O’Brien is the coordinator for the Brotherhood. O’Brien plans on giving them a book that describes the party from Goldstein’s point of view. A few weeks later Winston and Julia get caught in their secret room. They are separated and never see each other again. Winston is taken to the...

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