Proles In 1984

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George Orwell’s 1984, is considered to be one of his well-written novels, and it continues to be one of the greatest warnings concerning the threats a totalitarian society can bring into the world. Orwell successfully establish an excellent dystopian world with his choice of language and style since there is no encouragement or permitted freedom we can find in the situation. “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.” (Orwell, pg 26) perfectly portrays what is truly going on in the era 1984 is in, that it is a time where our morals and believes are the complete opposite. The proles is one of the social group in 1984 that plays an important role as they help illustrate the changes in humanity throughout the past, present and…show more content…
They weren’t completely controlled by the predicaments of society and were able to move up in class and status. The past proles now secretly hold on to their emotion while in the present and strictly contain it to themselves. The prostitutes mentioned in the book symbolizes the desire, adulteration and impurity of the past. It hints an emotion being brought back to the present which is sexual desire and their use of makeup helps illustrate the individuality that was once there in the old days. One of Winston’s significant quotes, “Sexual intercourse was to be looked on as a slightly disgusting minor operation, like having an enema.” (Orwell, pg 57), it illustrates a change the party has made in making a natural activity between a couple seem so filthy and…show more content…
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human’s face – forever.” (Orwell, pg 280) emphasizes on how the party intends to take any feeling of freedom from the people and expect total obedience which results in the Party having greater power. O’Brien who is part of the Inner Party sees Winston as a direct symbol of the proles which is humanity. O’Brien says “You are rotting away...” (Orwell, pg 285) believing that the Party will succeed in their mission but in the same time realizes that a rebellion in the future may come if the proles become as conscious as Winston is before he was captured. Winston believes that there is a possibility for a brighter future saying “If there is hope, it lies with proles” (Orwell, pg 60), “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” (Orwell, pg 61) meaning that without the proles coming into realization that they are indirectly being controlled and oppressed by the party nothing is going to change and that right now, the current situation is that the proles are too busy with their personal agendas to look at the bigger picture which is preventing them to ever truly become a whole. Another significant quote
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