The Permanency of Death

1173 Words Jun 25th, 2018 5 Pages
It is common knowledge that every living thing must die eventually; death is inevitable. Some people die earlier than others, while some live long, prosperous lives. Death, however, does not always refer to the physical body. Many notable authors examine the many different “deaths” that are possible. Death could be used to refer to the death of the soul as evil takes over, or the death of hope as one is unable to cope with a loss of child. George Orwell is one of these authors, as he demonstrates death in various ways. Death is a complex theme in Orwell’s novel, 1984, as it examines the atypical “deaths” that humans can experience. Orwell examines the death of social order when the Party takes over in a totalitarian manner. He …show more content…
The fact that his family vanishes, add to the theme of death of the family unit. Humans cannot function properly without strong family structure. Winston lost his family as a lot of children do in the society Orwell creates. Winston admits that family members just disappearing “was already becoming normal” (170). Subsequently, if the family unit becomes extinct, humans would become cold and unsympathetic. Proper socialization and strong family ties result in functioning human beings, and a lack thereof result in uncontrollable individuals. Statistically, criminals tend to have a few things in common: they suffered a breakdown in the family unit, they were social outcasts as children, and they are unable to form relationships. As the Party perfects “creating” humans in a lab, the family unit becomes unnecessary. Orwell demonstrates the importance of the family unit through Winston; therefore, the death of the family unit foreshadows Winston’s inability to function in this society –his “death”.
It is also through his surrounding that Winston’s fate is foretold. The death and decay of society is evident right from the start of the novel. The first thing the reader learns about Victory Mansion is that it, “smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats.” (3) Winston, even with a varicose ulcer on his ankle, had to take the seven flights of stairs because, “at the best of times [the lift] was seldom working, and
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