1984 Symbol Essay

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2009. A symbol is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. In literary works a symbol can express an idea, clarify meaning, or enlarge literal meaning. Analyze a symbol in George Orwell's 1984, and write an essay demonstrating how that symbol functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot. In 1984 George Orwell uses many symbolic objects such as the paperweight, the prole's, big brother, and telescreens to assist the readers in a deeper understanding of the book and its purpose. When Winston Smith, the main character, purchases the glass paperweight he represents the struggle in…show more content…
Orwell states that “the coral was Julia’s life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal." This is symbolic in the sense that just as the glass is easily shattered, the small fragile world that Julia and Winston created will surely be crushed if they are ever to be caught. In addition, the paperweight represents Winston's all out rebellious acts against the party. By writing in his diary and committing thought crime he has essentially sealed his own fate. Knowing of his upcoming demise causes him to further rebel against the party, he continuously opposes the party's ideas, thinks anti party thoughts, and most of all begins to have a sexual relationship with his girlfriend Julia. He even rents a room in which Julia and himself commit these crimes together, which ultimately leads to the end of their perfect world, their relationship, their freedom and humanity. Finally, in combination with the aforementioned, the paperweight represents hope, comfort, hopelessness, and Winston's internal dissent for the totalitarian regime of big brother. By channeling his inner most thoughts and desires into the object, Winston is essentially bypassing the all seeing of big brother. However, once the paperweight broke and "the fragment of coral, a tiny crinkle of pink like a sugar rosebud from a cake, rolled across the mat" (Orwell), Winston experienced
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