Explore The Ways In Which Ideas About Power Have Been Presented Through Specific Narrative Conflicts With Nineteen Eighty Four.

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Objective truth v state lies
1. Conflict with himself. Intrapersonal conflict
Censoring himself
Conflict with subconscious (id) and conscious (eg0)
Individuality v suppression of party
Conflict with his personality. His gift for language, the creative ability humanity has always associated with divinity, forces him to rebel – and condemns him
Guilt due to family. Power contrast between him and his family
2. Conflict with others
Syme. Creation and destruction of language. Newspeak
Julia and Winston- forms of rebellion
O’Brien. Sadomasochistic
Guilt due to family. Power contrast between him and his family
3. Conflict with society
Part 3 Chapter 2- O’Brien’s exposition
Winston and telescreens/surveillance
Children (Parsons being turned in by childrens). Intertextual link to Hitler youth?
Anti-sex (artsem)
Proletariat. Fighting over pans. Conflict at a simple apolitical level. Anticlimatic. Ignorance and powerlessness. Complete Party control.
Party- Omnipotent power through doublethink. Party principles.

Specific Narrative Conflicts:
· Winston (symb. humanity) V The Party
“The last man in Europe”
· Winston and Julia conflicting views on rebellion
· Syme and Winston (Winston writer, Syme destructs language)
Syme is a creature of the Party yet party destroys him
“It’s a beautiful thing
· Big Brother v Goldstein
· Golden country/nature v mechanized life

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment
the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible
symptom. He thought of a man whom he had passed in the street a few weeks
back; a quite ordinary-looking man, a Party member, aged thirty-five to
forty, tallish and thin, carrying a brief-case. They were a few metres
apart when the left side of the man's face was suddenly contorted by a sort
of spasm. It happened again just as they were passing one another: it was
only a twitch, a quiver, rapid as the clicking of a camera shutter, but
obviously habitual. He remembered thinking at the time: That poor devil is
done for. And what was frightening was that the action was quite possibly
unconscious. The most deadly danger of all was talking in your sleep. There
was no way of guarding against that, so far as he could see.
Applying a range of reading practices- psychoanalytical
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Conflict through which are the vehicles which Orwell explores the ideas about power.
“How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?” O’Brien asks. Winston’s answer: “By making him suffer” (305). The 1940’s was a time of great conflict and changing powers following the political and structural upheaval of World War 2. For George Orwell, born in 1903, this worked as the perfect setting to construct and convey his own ideas about power through specific narrative conflicts which can be...

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