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George Orwell’s 1984 ¿Winston Is The Personification Of Everyone Who Would Like To Break Out Of The Chains Placed By Society, And Live The Life They Choose For Themselves?. 1984 By George Orwell

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Caroline Cr�tte Gaona

Caroline Cr�tte Gaona

George Orwell's 1984

"1984" is a novel written by George Orwell in 1949 and places its action in a totalitarian macrostate where the power lies with a party whose main representative is BIG BROTHER, an alleged person from whom we don't know if he really exists. The people of this state are continually monitored by the Party to avoid the slightest rebellion or opposition to it. Its protagonist, Winston Smith, appears as a contrast to the system and Big Brother, this will make him wonder many things about why things are like that and whether they can change.

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It's amazing to see that he always takes action; this is reaffirmed when he says "they'll shoot me I don't care, they'll shoot me in the back of the neck I don't care" (George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1 p.23), he continues with the idea of rebellion. Winston is aware that there is something wrong with the world he lives in. Winston cares less about himself, and more about righting the wrongs of the government. He knows that if he doesn't continue obeying the Party he will die, but he doesn't care about it anymore, he only wants to end his slavery. For him, to spend the rest of his life as a mindless person completely devoid of his free will is something that he is willing to die if needed in order to change that future.

One of the things which clearly astounded Winston is the Party's ability to eliminate all traces of logical thought. "In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it" (George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 7 p80). He then comments that freedom is being able to say that two plus two makes four. When he does this, his desire to break free from the ruthless government, to recover whatever liberty he has lost, is stronger than ever. This will to change things will eventually drive him to oppose the Party which he has always feared.

Sex is another important factor when talking about Winston's separation from the rest of society. Sexual intercourse has been turned by the Party into little more than an obligation, a duty that must be fulfilled to produce new members. Winston however, engages in sexual relationships with Julia simply out of pleasure. Thus, his repressed sexuality has also become a determinant factor that is responsible for many of Winston's actions.

He starts envisioning a world where both he and Julia are free to do as they please, where no one will punish them simply because of their different thoughts. He rents a room where they are free to express their ideas and feelings. Their thoughts and desires make them talk about a future where they would be together. It is a place where they break the Party's...

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