1984 By George Orwell Essay

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, a character named Winston Smith goes through

a painful, mind altering experience with tragic results. Winston is forced to

betray the woman he loves. From love and commitment to hate and deception,

Winston enters the road most traveled by the mighty characters of 1984. The

novel is a disturbing and twisting journey which is not realistic. Winston, the

protagonist, betrays his beliefs and one true love by accepting what the

all-powerful Big Brother and O?Brien have to say. As one can read the slogan

of Oceania they may understand the twisted ideas of this novel: WAR IS PEACE,

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH The novel 1984 revolves around a

nation known as Oceania. The book was written in 1949. Orwell transferred his

thoughts of the future and put it together in a novel. These disturbing thoughts

included a Party who controlled what you were doing at all times and what your

beliefs were. ?Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.?

(69) To the people of Oceania, believing in the truth of a simple equation is

freedom taken for granted. You were being watched when you woke up, during the

day, and as you were sleeping. ?It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts

wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen? (54)

The Party, in which Winston is a member of, is currently forcing the use of an

invented language called Newspeak which prevents the possibility for political

rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Thinking any type of

rebellious thoughts is illegal, this being thought crime is the worst crime of

all. Betrayal against the Party comes with it?s major consequences as Winston

soon realizes. Being rebellious is one of those acts that Winston loved to

portray. Not only did he illegally purchase a diary where he puts all of his

criminal thoughts , but he falls in love and has an intimate affair with a girl

named Julia. They met and made an instant connection. How could Winston ever

doubt his love for Julia? They thought nothing or no one could stand in between

their love. ?If they could make me stop loving you, that would be the real

betrayal.? (137) Once the Party heard news of their affair they immediately

took Winston to the Ministry of Love where they began their torture on him.

Winston begins to learn that betrayal surrounds him. It seems that O?Brien was

a Party spy. He spends months torturing and brainwashing Winston until he

finally sends him to Room 101. ?We burn all evil and all illusion out of him;

we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and

soul.? (210) Room 101 is the room where one man enters but exits a changed

individual. Changed for the worst. In Room 101 Winston is controlled by

O?Brien where he is forced to change his beliefs. In this room you are struck

by the things you fear most. This is where betrayal takes part. Once you give in

to your fears you give in to all who are higher than you. In Winstons case, rats

were the main focus. Torturing Winston with a cage of rats helps to eventually

act on his fears but in the worst way, betrayal. ?Do it to Julia! Do it to

Julia! Not me! Julia! I don?t care what you do to her. Tear her face off,

strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!? (236) Tortured, scared, and

hopeless, Winston gave up. He gave up on Julia. Still having thoughts on Room

101, O?Brien eventually had Winston say the words that would be the ultimate

betrayal, admitting to loving Big Brother. O?Brien and Big Brother won. If

they could beat one mans beliefs, who knows how much control they have on all

the other individual Party members. Not seeing Julia in awhile, Winston wonders

how his feelings with Julia changed and if they hadn?t changed will they once

he sees her? Winston is finally encountered by Julia and surprisingly he feels

nothing towards her. The feelings that had been there before had changed ever

since Winston exitited Room 101. ??I betrayed you,? she said badly. ?I

betrayed you,? he said.? (240) Both admitting to betraying eachother, their

love affair was over. If two lovers can both admit into betraying eachother it

is obvious that if their love does not end now, betrayal might take over. As

Julia notices, if you want unbearable pain to happen to the ones you supposively

love than you obviously don?t love them as much as you believe you do. Was it

betrayal that took over their love or was it the forces that changed them? That

question is one which Winston wishes not to ask himself. Maybe he wishes to

believe only what he is told since he left Room 101. Is loving Big Brother the

way Winston should except his beliefs? To Winston, that question doesn?t ever

cross his mind. He is confident with his decisions and is not ready to believe

other wise. He had truly crossed over. Over to the dark side. Why did he listen

to O?Brien? Why did he let his beliefs contradict with his own? Changing could

be a powerful and understanding thing but it depends on who you change into and

what your reasons of changing are. 1984 is conveyed as a novel of misleading

beliefs and acts of betrayal. One may not understand Winstons ways of betraying

his beliefs and Julia. Was it for himself or the Party? Turning against others

may be the result of your actions at the time. Depending on the person and what

they believe, only they themself can force the deception upon them. Yes,

unbearable forces can express ways of betrayal but it is only acting on those

expressive feelings to where betrayal is resulted. Winston and Julia did believe

that they loved eachother but was it love or was it a force that brought them

together in which this affection was expressed. Was it Winstons true beliefs or

was it the beliefs in which he was grown up to believe and respect. If one is

that truthful to such things as beliefs and love then no force can make them

change those thoughts. 1984 is a novel filled with hidden truth. One may wish to

believe such truth or one may wish to hide their beliefs for the sake of their

acted feelings.


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