1: the opening sentence of the book, (‘it was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’) suggests that the type of place the narrator is describing is one that has a need for clocks hat everyone can hear. Seeing as the 24-hour clock is used, the reader can infer that the narrator is in a rather strictly organized place, maybe something military or government-controlled. 2a: From Winston Smith’s name, ‘Winston’ meaning ‘from a friendly country’ and ‘Smith’ being a common last name, I can definitely see a possible irony. His name, if you read into it, would suggest him to be an unremarkable man from a friendly country. In this book, however, Winston smith is a thought-criminal from one of the most ungoodwise countries you can imagine. 2b: Winston Churchill and Winston Smith are similar in many respects, as they both hail from Wartime England(though he England’s name changes to airstrip one in 1984), as well as the two of them were in positions to influence the public’s view of their reality. Both men try their best to make circumstances better, even if only temporarily. 2c: we also know that Winston smith is a middle-aged man, between thirty and forty. He works for the ministry of truth patching up old lies with new ones, and is relatively good at appearing orthodox and avoiding facecrime up until the time he meets Julia. That’s when he starts to break all the rules. 3: the party’s mottos are: WAR IS PEACE/FREEDOM IS SLAVERY/IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. The
When Orwell introduces Winston Smith, he does not describe some special chosen hero ready to liberate the world of repression. Instead, he describes a regular man, living life in this tough world. Winston “was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle” and “went slowly” because of his frail deposition (Orwell, ch. 1). Orwell begins the novel describing Smith’s weaknesses, like his older age and his health problems. These details quickly clash against what Smith is about to do, something that is punishable by the thought police. In a book, which was “a compromising possession”, he was about to “open a diary” (Orwell, ch. 1). Although what he was doing was not illegal, “if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death”, since INGSOC never said their citizens could have a diary. He began to write trivial things in his diary, like movies he
Winston Smith is probably the most important and complex character in George Orwell’s masterpiece, namely Nineteen Eighty-Four. Throughout this essay I will try to explain the different aspects of Winston’s role in the novel from the question of the narrative perspective through his rebellious tendencies to his psychological problems.
The world in which Winston Smith lives in is very frightening. It is very unlikely that people from the world we live in would survive for long living in it. I think it is an awful time to be alive because you have no freedom at all. Winston is in the worst possible position, he is in the Outer Party. He is being monitored at all times and he can only cooperate. It seems that the proles and the Inner Party are much better off. I think that this is true because nobody cares about the proles and they can do what they want. The bad thing about them is that they are very poor and have no money. We don’t really know much about them. Maybe just like any other animal they have adapted to the bad conditions and somehow they are
Even though he is married, he and Julia have an affair that combines their personal desires as well as their desire to fight against the Party as it is explicitly stated in the novel. Winston and Julia both willingly participate in the affair because they are both moved to action by the Party’s acts of injustice. Winston is aware that the Party has blatantly outlawed “love” and Winston wants to feel romance in order to spite the Party. Both Julia and Winston would do anything to spite Big Brother. In addition to the love factor, Winston isn’t just participating because Julia is youthful, more so because he is drawn to the act of power. Winston isn’t just resisting power, he feels the need to hold
Winston Smith makes an attempt to not conform to society and take a step toward change. Winston seems to be the only character with individuality until George Orwell allows him love and brings in Julia. Winston slowly gains confidence throughout the novel to make moves against Big Brother and tries to join the Brotherhood. He constantly mentions that his demise
“I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.” (Orwell 72). These are not the words of a man bereft of virtue. In fact, with these words, Winston Smith expresses his frustration at the falsehood the Party represents. This is, after all, a régime that perpetuates its repression through “double speak.” Its slogans displayed through Oceania are: “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” (Orwell 14). Winston Smith’s world is a world where all that is noble is forbidden, and all that is forbidden is noble. Truth and lies are intertwined to the extent of being indistinguishable. The awareness that Winston Smith possesses makes him an uncommon, if not extraordinary man. It is because of this awareness that he rebels against the tyranny of the Party and refuses to conform or adapt, and walk the predetermined path of a meaningless existence that has been chosen for
The first character we were introduced to is Winston Smith. We see that in his house there is no power & that the government cuts off the power during the day. By this I assume that he is poor/in the struggle and he’s trying to make his way through life.
Imagine being controlled completely by the government; cameras in every household, microphones recording every word spoken and propaganda saying “Big Brother is watching you!” all around. In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, that is the reality. Thirty-nine year old Winston Smith, low-ranking member of the Party in London, Is embittered by the Totalitarian government and its brutality to the people. The Party controls everything in Oceania; languages, history, sex, free thought and even individuality, by the Thought Police. Winston writes in a diary how much he hates the government, which ultimately would get him killed by the Thought Police if he was caught. Winston believes there is a secret brotherhood which works to overthrow Big Brother and the Party, and has a suspicion that a powerful party member named O’Brien is part of this group.
Winston Smith is a thirdy-nine-year-old intellectual, fatalistic, frail and a thin man which is the minor member of the ruling Party in near-future London. We experience the nightmarish world that the writer envisions through his eyes. Winston is extremely pensive, curious and desperate to understand how and why the Party exercises has such absolute power in Oceania. He passionately hates the totalitarian control of his government and the Party. He has his own revolutionary dreams.He wants to test the limits of its power and he commits crimes, have an illegal love affair with Julia to get himself secretly into the anti-Party Brotherhood.
Winston Smith believes that hope for the future lies in the proles because it's their rebellion that can bring down Big Brother, and Usher in the change of the government. Proles ,proletarians, working class, and comprise make up about 80% of the population. Also Winston sees proles as happy workers who are not smart. Although they might not be that smart the workers are free from scrutiny and constant morning party. Smith hates Big Brother and the numerous restrictions it makes a difference on the party workers. He works in the Ministry of Truth which is responsible for altering and editing
Although he faces dehumanization by the Party, Winston is able to retain his human rights through his relationship with Julia by utilizing his senses, recalling his past, and creating a private lifestyle away
The language of this passage, illustrates Winston’s frantic thoughts and worries, by having long, and sometimes grotesque sentences, describing life, death, and suicide, the current topics circulating Winston’s mind. Prior to this passage, Winston’s had just had an encounter with the dark-haired girl, where he believing her to be a spy who was following him, contemplated killing her, but found himself unable to. In this passage he’s very overwhelmed by this past event and his thoughts are portrayed in long, sentences, that show the current hopelessness he feels. He thinks to himself; “On the battlefield, in the torture chamber, on a sinking ship, the issues you are fighting are always forgotten, because the body swells up until it fills the universe, and even when you are not paralyzed by fright or screaming with pain, life
In 1984 the citizens of Airstrip One are frightened to live a normal life and emotions. One thought against The Party can lead to their death or for them to be "vaporized''. The Thought Police are good at manipulating and getting into their citizen's mind to cause terror. In Oceania even thinking of love or a woman's body can cause an excruciating amount of pain on the offender. In part two chapter one Winton, the main character sees the girl with the dark hair in a sling then fall. The interaction between the both of them can cause severe punishment.
In the novel 1984 by george Orwell, Winston Smith is an anti-hero because he openly challenges society, realizes the corruption of the party, and is ultimately brainwashed at the end to conform to formenity. As the novel began to progress
Winston Smith lived in a world of lies, chaos, and disorder. His uniform was shabby and living space cold and dirty. Changing the past to suit the present was his job where he worked, the Ministry of Truth. One day, he encountered a beautiful young woman of about 26 years of age and instantly fell in love. Little did he know that she would be the one who would end his life. He dreams of sleeping with her but fears that he would be captured by the Thought Police because sex is illegal. During the Two Minutes Hate - a time when members of Ingsoc come together to despise Emmanuel Goldstein, a man who supported freedom and rights - the woman passes a note to Winston. It says for