1984: Love and Freedom Can Be Crushed

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Sigmund Freud once wrote, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” This can be seen in Georg Orwell’s 1984, which depicts an all-poweul totalitarian society where the government, knowen as the Party or Big Brother, has complete control over the people. Our protagonist, Winston, despises the Party, and secretly rebels by writing his seditious thoughts in a secret diary. To rebel, he starts a covert affair with Julie, another person that also despises the party, and joins the Brotherhood, secret organization devoted to overthrowing the Party, but is later captured by the Party. At first he resists but when faced with torture, Winston immediately betrays his lover, Julia. He …show more content…
Here Orwell again uses a metaphor to emphasize the violence and hardship of obtaining love in Winston’s world. This emphasis implies that love is hard to obtain, especially in Oceania, where it is forbidden. Therefore the passage reveals that to love some requires as setting where love is encouraged, and not repressed. After love is obtained, it can only survive if it has freedom. In the middle of the novel, Orwell depicts Winston and Julia making love in an old hotel room. He writes:

Dirty or clean the room was paradise. As soon as they arrived they would sprinkle everything with pepper bought on the black market tear, off their clothes and make love with sweating bodies, then fall asleep and wake to find that the bugs rallied and were massing for the counter attack (150).

Here Orwell uses metaphor to emphasize how unoppressed Winston felt despite his constricted surroundings. Making love with Julia was a sign of rebellion against the party and demonstrating his freedom, making him feel joyful. This emphasis implies that his happiness came from the freedom he felt while making love. Therefore, this reveals to us that you have to be free or feel free to be in love, and can not be restricted or bound by rules.

Although love and freedom both require each other, they can not coexist in a totalitarian government that has intolerance for independence and rules. Toward the middle of the novel, Orwell depicts Winston
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