Poli Sci 100 - 1 PID: 7201-05306 T.A. Besir Ceka Section...

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1 PID: 7201-05306 T.A. – Besir Ceka Section 607, Friday 10 Word Count 1553 It is sad to say that many times the message conveyed in George Orwell’s 1984 falls on deaf ears. Usually a reader upon finishing the book makes the connection between 20 th century totalitarian regimes found in Europe to the kind of political oppression depicted throughout the novel. Although it is obvious to see the similarity, there is another far more important meaning that can be found. When 1984 is read with an open mind it is plain to see that the political structure that emerged in this novel can happen at any time and more importantly, to any country. One way the author allows the reader to come upon this realization is by presenting him with characters that are easy to identify with. Even though none of these characters are necessarily the focal point of the novel, Orwell does an extraordinary job of developing each one and allowing the reader to make his or her own judgments about them. The characters that really intrigued me were Syme, Mr. Charrington, and O’Brien. Syme is an overtly intelligent man working in the Ministry of Truth and works specifically in the research department. When introduced, his current assignment is the new edition of the Newspeak dictionary. This work seems to suit him very well due to the fact that he revels in the destruction of words and believes that Newspeak will soon replace the entire language. Syme is a coworker of the novel’s protagonist, Winston Smith, and they occasionally socialize. Winston enjoys Syme’s company, but fears that Syme will eventually be vaporized and destroyed from all records because of his intelligence. He sees that any man as smart as Syme is sure to attract attention and will be removed to ensure that he doesn’t betray the party. This proves to be true as later in the novel he vanishes and there is
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2 not a trace left of him. I believe Syme would have fit in well in contemporary society. He doesn’t quite fit in with the party, but today there’s always a place for the intellectual. In the novel he was ‘vaporized’ for his acumen, but in the present he probably would become rather successful, especially due to his very loyal nature. Syme would not fit in right away, but neither would he drift and explore much. He is a narrow sighted individual, but once he found where he belonged that’s likely where he would stay. Mr. Charrington is a very interesting due to his character upheaval near the end of
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