1984 - Character Development Requires a Conflict Essay

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1984 Essay – by Len Farag In “1984” by George Orwell, the main character, Winston is in conflict in nearly every page of the book. He is in constant surveillance by the Party. He has also, as the text describes, had problems with his relationship with Katherine, in the past. With the rule of the Party, comes the constant control of the omnipresent, Big Brother. He controls everything, from living conditions to how much chocolate is allowed to be given to any member of Oceania. There is also the constant fear of betrayal. When considering these restrictions and frustrations placed onto Winston and every individual in Oceania, the statement: “A character in conflict is necessary to any text” is supported and evident in the text. Winston,…show more content…
People are trained like dogs, to show no emotion towards others and that relationships are only permitted for the benefit of the Party only. If it is not necessary for the Parties survival than the emotion becomes against the law and the infamous Thought Police are a constant reminder of this reality. One of these relationships is sexual ones. A sexual act is only permitted to procreate, to create new members of the Party. All other aspects of sex are viewed as useless and not needed for the continuity of the Party. Obrien states to Winston: ‘Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.’ The sentences are short, like dot points are. This could be to clarify the points that Orwell is trying to make. As Obrien has stated to Winston, the orgasm is unnecessary to the thriving of the Party and is thus getting eradicated, as well as the sex instinct. There are two similes in this passage. The first one, referring to eggs taken from a hen, is a pointer to the future of the Party. There will be no love between a mother and her children, her children will be harvested and indoctrinated at an early age. The second simile is the other one talking about a ration card. A ration card was issued by the government for the holder to obtain certain foods. They were
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