Essay about 1984 Symbols: George Orwell Novel

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Symbols George Orwell novel 1984 contains symbols and images throughout the novel. Although symbols such as rats, the coral paperweight, songs, and Winston’s varicose ulcer only appear infrequently, they do provide important functions. Winston had a reoccurring dream which found himself standing in front of a wall of darkness of which on the other side there was something to dreadful to face. He always woke up prior to finding out what was on the other side. After awaking during one of Winston and Julia’s rendezvous in the rented room above Mr. Charrington’s shop, Julia noticed a rat. Sowing his fear Winston shrieked. Julia trying to calm Winston, she grabbed a shoe and threw it towards the rat which was peeking out of the…show more content…
167). Winston envisioned the paperweight resembled the room he and Julia were in, and the coral itself resembled Julia’s life and his own (pg. 154). It wasn’t until the invasion of the Thought Police and the eventual smashing of the paperweight that symbolized the end of Julia’s and Winston’s relationship. Here Winston realized how small his relationship was with Julia to that of Big Brother. Songs are present throughout the entire novel. “Under the spreading Chestnut Tree” appears a couple of time. Winston hears it when he observes Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford sitting in the café, and again when he is in the same café after his stint in Room 101. The lyrics “I sold you and you sold me” (pg.80) represents the betrayal of Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford to each other, and in the end the betrayal of Julia by Winston. The song “Oranges and Lemons” his first heard by Winston by Mr. Charrington, but only the first few lines. Winston, learns a few more lines from Julia, and finally finds the words to the balance of the song from O’Brien. This again is a tie to the past Mr. Charrington talks of singing it when he was a boy, and Julia was taught it from her grandfather. Other songs such when the birds were singing during Julia and Winston’s first rendezvous in the wood and the woman singing outside Mr. Charrington’s shop represent happy times whereas the “Hate Song” is written by the party to instill the people of Oceania to
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