Totalitarianism In George Orwell

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“War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength” (Orwell 5). George Orwell provides a frightening perspective upon the extremes of totalitarian society through Winston Smith— symbol of the tyrannized. Smith persists under oppression to remain individual, allowing the reader to understand what conditions are really like beneath Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police. Through the actions of his characters, Orwell delivers a haunting insight into what it could mean living under totalitarianism. Although originally thought to be a simple man, Winston's decisions to write in his journal, have and affair, and attempt to join the brotherhood serve as plot devices to demonstrate the downfalls of totalitarianism when contrasted to preserving someone’s individuality. Winston Smith, Orwell’s conduit for political expression, is adamant in his refusal to abandon individuality. In and of itself, he is an apparatus for Orwell’s disdain for autocratic governing. Winston is an Outer Party member, working in the Ministry of Truth, as a records editor. His work is to rewrite history to make it match with the current truth created by the Party. Winston often questions the Party: “I understand how: I do not understand why” (Orwell 80). It is demonstrated in this quote that he yearns heavily to understand exactly why the state of his world has become what it is. Winston realizes that the Party is forbidding people from having the freedom of the mind, but he does not
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