1984 2 - Nineteen Eighty Four Nineteen eighty four is a...

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Nineteen Eighty Four Nineteen eighty four is a tale of future society, a society in which independent thinking is a crime punishable by death. This is also a society who's leaders are self serving and don't set their goals for the common good by which all of the society will benefit. The party doesn't need to justify its selfish ways because it holds all of the power. The symbol of the party was Big Brother. The idealism of blind loyalty was embodied in this symbol. It was the centre of control. The Party has set its agenda of completely controlling every single human mind by narrowing down the complexity of human thought. They will try accomplish this through the elimination of speech to a form where humans can no longer think for themselves. These future citizens would not be able to commit any crimes against the Party. There is no possible way these humans would even think "criminal" thoughts to begin with since they had no knowledge of any crime from personal experience or history. The main character of this book is Winston Smith. Even though he is portrayed as a criminal, I believe that he is a victim of a system that is criminal. All through this book Winston's convictions lead us to believe that he is ethical and the Party is unjust but it is left up to the readers discretion to decide whether he is the criminal or just a victim of a totalitarian society. The first instance of Winstons "criminal" nature was when he bought an illegal journal, quill and bottle of ink to record his thoughts. Although he had so called "criminal" thoughts before, the journal seemed to bring out the more daring ideas in him as to how to get free from the Party's reign. This all indirectly led to his meeting with a woman called Julia who shared his feelings and was either very brave or very foolish because she was more open then he about her
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course ENG 1401 taught by Professor Johnharwood during the Spring '11 term at Harvard.

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1984 2 - Nineteen Eighty Four Nineteen eighty four is a...

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