Examples Of Conformism In 1984

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In 1984 the dystopian society member and protagonist, Winston Smith, turns against the government, The Party, in an effort to become an individual. O’Brien, a secret member of the Thought Police is the primary reason for Winston’s demise and change of heart to loving The Party. 1984 by George Orwell is about Winston Smith who rebels against the government of the dystopian society, to change the government from a conformist society, to a society allowing individualism. In his journey for freedom, he meets Julia, who shares similar beliefs as him, and they begin an affair, against the rules of the Party. Winston also meets O’Brien, a mysterious member of society, who Winston believes is part of an anti-conformist group, the Brotherhood. O’Brien is a key role in…show more content…
When Winston enters Room 101, and sees rats, his worst fear, and O’Brien threatens Winston to drop the cage of hungry rats, and in fear, Winston screams, “Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don’t care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me (286)!” Winston’s plea to have Julia tortured instead of him symbolizes Winston’s betrayal to Julia and how the Party would rather have one betray rather than confess to their crimes because betrayal means that the only thing they love most is Big Brother and his ideals. After Winston is released into society, he sees Julia many times in town and they rarely speak. Winston and Julia finally speak, of what occurs in Room 101, and both of them say “I betrayed you (292).” Rather than being satisfied with confessions of their crimes, the Party tortures criminals until they betray the people they trust the most. Betrayal is more powerful than confessing to the Party because betraying someone they trust and love means that the person will conform to the ideals of the
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