The Price of Freedom: An Analysis of Rebellion in George Orwell's 1984

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As a new society unfolds, so do new values and authority. In 1984, George Orwell presents a futuristic vision of the power of government as well as its social conventions. Primarily, Orwell uses Winston Smith to exhibit the effects that government control can have on morality. Winston lives in Oceania where "The Party" exploits its complete power by controlling people emotionally and mentally. However, this disturbs Winston who subsequently challenges The Party and is provoked into becoming a rebel. He recognizes that he is at the point of no return; consequently, he marches blindly ahead in the hope of defeating The Party. However, Winton 's defiant nature is quickly extinguished after he is caught and tormented for committing subversive…show more content…
Well aware of the Party 's stand on pleasurable sexual activity, Winston, nevertheless, can not and does not suppress his desire for her. He also discovers that he is not the only one with these forbidden feelings. "That was above all what he wanted to hear. Not merely the love of one person, but the animal instinct, the simple undifferentiated desire: that was the force that would tear the Party to pieces" (Orwell 132). With the knowledge that he is not alone in this battle, Winston is even more committed and empowered to continue his defiance against the system. He recognizes that he must act cautiously and, in order to continue his affair without being caught, Winston rents a room above Mr.Charrington 's shop. Another subversive act is Winston 's communication with O 'Brien, a leader in the Party. Winton bases his trust of O 'Brien through the voices in his dreams, the eye contact between them during hate meetings, and when O 'Brien turns off his telescreen when the two meet. "Between himself and O 'Brien, and of the impulse he sometimes felt, simply to walk into O 'Brien 's presence, announce that he was the enemy of the Party and demand his help"(Orwell 159) Trustingly, Winston reveals his views to O 'Brien, hoping that in the future, others will also join in the defeat of the Party. O 'Brien convinces Winston that he is member of the Brotherhood; Winston eagerly joins. The authority the Party enforces over Oceania 's citizens seizes Winston 's morality

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