Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

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Imagine your TV is always on and always watching your every move. Welcome to 1984. From now on you must be very careful what you think for you must always live in fear of committing a thought crime. Even one negative thought about Big Brother could force the Thought Police to erase you from existence or, as they say in Newspeak, to make you an unperson. This is the daily life of a citizen of George Orwell’s fictional country called Oceania. The residents of Oceania all deal with these struggles in different ways resulting in many types of characters. The hero, the villain, the sheep, the trickster and the works of propaganda are all characters that are an integral part of Oceania’s society, helping it to function the way it was designed. One personality that you don’t see much of in Oceania is the hero. In his book, Tillman (2011) says this about the hero “The hero is defined as someone who is very brave, selfless, and willing to help others no matter what the cost.” (p. 22). However, while the hero in 1984 is both brave and willing to help, their motivations would appear to be very self-centered. In 1984, Winston Smith is the hero who fights against the Party to gain the freedom he desires. While at first Winston only thinks about how the world was before the Party came into power his thoughts get more intense and turn into actions. Winston’s largest rebellious act was to have an intimate – non-Party sanctioned – relationship. The most ominous character in Oceania is the
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