1984 - Whitney Taylor Period 2 Existentialism: Winston...

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Whitney Taylor Period 2 Existentialism: Winston Smith Winston Smith is the main character in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. Winston is a resident of the city of Oceania. The totalitarian society that he lives in is controlled completely by the government, the Party and it’s leader, Big Brother. They live by three slogans; war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength. They argue that war is peace because if everyone has a common enemy, then they will all be united with each other, and therefore, at peace. Freedom is slavery because apparently any man who is free thinking and independent will eventually end up failing. Ignorance is strength basically says that the less people know, the stronger the Party will be. The people have these ideas cemented into their minds at a young age and most believe them without question. Children are actually some of Big Brother’s greatest allies and often turn in their “free- thinking” parents to the government. The Party has no concern for what other people feel or believe. There is also a concept called ‘doublethink’ in which a person can hold two
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