Characterization Of Winston Smith '

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Characterization
Winston Smith:

"Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished? If it survives anywhere, it 's in a few solid objects with no words attached to them, like that lump of glass there. Already we know almost literally nothing about the Revolution and the years before the Revolution. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, and every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day-by-day and minute-by-minute. History has stopped.”

The novel’s protagonist. A 39 year old Outer Party member, he’s described as a thin, frail, commoner. He does as he’s told and is good at his job. Obsessed with the past, Winston often tries to recall what things were like before the Revolution. Because of this, he’s interested in Party Philosophy and comes to hate everything that Big Brother stands for. Winston is observant and thoughtful, and spends many evenings passively rebelling against the Party by illegally keeping a journal, not participating in community activities, and visiting the proles district. In short, Winston is a thoughtcriminal. In further rebellion, he begins a relationship with Julia, a young woman who works in the Fiction department. Together, Winston and Julia begin a secret love affair, causing Winston to become very aware of their morality. He becomes rightfully paranoid, knowing that they…
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