1984 Formal Essay

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Angela Campoli
ENG 4U1
Ms. Simon
Father Leo J. Austin CSS
Nov. 19, 2014

The Loss of Humanity in 1984

Every human being holds an intrinsic set of natural behaviours which ultimately affect how they perceive their surroundings. For the majority, these behaviours come naturally so they have no control over them, unless they are negatively influenced to do otherwise. In George Orwell’s dystopic novel 1984, the citizens of Oceania are unfortunately controlled by the Party in every way possible. The Party’s constant use of surveillance allows them to watch over the citizens at all times to ensure that they do not go against Party doctrines. The Party does not allow anyone to think for themselves or reveal emotions; otherwise this is
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Winston hates the fact that she lives according to the Party’s teachings, considering he has many unorthodox opinions. Winston is evidently not content with his relationship with Katherine because he believes that marriage must be based on trust and love, rather than the fulfillment of the Party’s expectations. Winston finally realizes what it is like to feel for someone other than Big Brother when he encounters Julia. At first, Winston assumes that Julia is an agent of the Thought Police or of the Brotherhood, but it is not until he reads the note saying “I love you” that his thoughts change. It is extremely difficult for Winston and Julia to make plans due to the constant surveillance, so they spend time with each other by inhabiting the apartment over Mr. Charrington’s shop. For Winston, it is nice to know that there are people like him in Oceania, which is why Julia gives him a reason to stay alive. His health conditions also benefit from his love affair since “the process of life had ceased to be intolerable, he had no longer any impulse to make faces at the telescreen or shout curses at the top of his voice” (Orwell 150). Unfortunately, Winston begins to understand that Julia is not on the same page as him when it comes to the Party. There is no doubt that Julia hates the Party, however she makes no general criticism of it.

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