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A deeper look into the characters of Orwell's novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Enjoy

Samantha Sandoval

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of 1984

In George Orwell's 1984, Winston, Julia, and O'Brien have traits that serve a specific purpose in the novel. Thesis Statement Winston
Smith Definition: The main protagonist who is likely to fall in defeat or is doomed to die before achieving a goal or task

“only character of consequence [and] is more than two-dimensional” (Gillespie and Naden). This makes him the main protagonist.
did fall in defeat/died
“recognized himself as a dead man” (Orwell, 28) after committing thoughtcrime.
Although he didn’t physically die, he did mentally and spiritually after he realizes “he loved Big Brother” (Orwell, 298). Tragic Hero Winston’s doom works as a thread through the whole novel. The whole purpose of the novel was a warning of how totalitarianism can suck you in and you can never go back. Winston’s “death” showed there can be no hope and we would lose more than we know. Why? In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston, Julia, and O’Brien have traits and qualities that serve a specific purpose in the novel.
Orwell uses Winston to make a claim
-Winston is a tragic hero.
-His defeat and character is what unfolds the story to where readers would start to hate the society or feel empathy for Winston. This is the very thing a Tragedy is, according to Aristotle.
-Winston rebels but fails, as his downfall was loving Big Brother (Orwell 298). His defeat concluded O’Brien and the Party’s victory, and shows not everyone can win.

Orwell uses Julia as Winston’s gap and assist Orwell's claim
-Julia is a Companion. Her assistance and loyalty also brings her downfall
-She also was one of the causes for Winston's downfall Outline Definition: A loyal companion who is willing to face any number of perils to stay together

Takes an oath WITH Winston when presumably joining the Brotherhood: "'You are prepared to give your lives?' 'Yes.' ....'You are prepared to commit suicide, if and when we order you to do so?' 'Yes'"(Orwell 172).
She would leave Winston's side: "'You are prepared, the two of you, to separate and never see on another again?' 'No!' broke in Julia"(Orwell 173) Companion Julia Under the
Watchful Eye:
The Archetypes of 1984 by Prentiss Sandoval Why? Orwell never made a point of view for Julia and all that we know are through inferences made by Winston. However, Orwell makes a strong case by emphasizing Julia's hate of the Party and BB. Although different, Julia is able to keep Winston's faith and spirit alive, and was able to keep his loyalty. This is a crime against the Party. In the end, they both betray each other, making Julia one of the essential parts of the plot of 1984. O'Brien Why? Traitor Definition: A character who is seemingly
trustworthy to the hero but ultimately betrays the hero O'Brien:
Winston "felt deeply drawn to him"(Orwell 11), thus planned to write the diary of his thoughts to him
O'Brien gains Winston's trust and eventually plays a role in Winston's torture where he
has the "power to inflict pain on [Winston] at any moment"(Orwell 245) in order change the mind. Contradictory and dark, O'Brien is a complete mystery. Despite the side O'Brien is on, Winston feels that O'Brien is able to understand him, as if "he had the appearance of [someone] you could talk to" (Orwell 11). However, ironically, he serves to "cure" the minds of those against the Party, including Winston. He is the one that turned them in to the Party and tore both Winston and Julia piece by piece. The once spirited Julia came out broken, and Winston died from the inside out. This tremendous fail is straight forward with a dark meaning Orwell wanted people to understand. Conclusion Winston, Julia, O'Brien, and more have played in Orwell's creation from dialogue to the simplest diction. Although some characters and situations were undesirable and frightening, they still brought the same dark subject. From his view, Orwell saw the future as a hill going down into a deep abyss of oppression and total control. On his death bed, he brought forth not a novel, but a warning of what could happen if the people of his time did not wake up. Many have already grown to appreciate this as one writer has already wrote:
"All in all, Nineteen Eighty-Four seems likely to retain its position as the most powerful as well as the most widely read science fiction novel of the century"(Cowper). O'Brien was a symbol of Orwell's warning
-O'Brien is the Traitor
-He destroyed Winston, "the last man" (Orwell 270)
-He is part of the big picture Cowper, Richard. "George Orwell: Overview." St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers. Ed. Jay P. Pederson. 4th ed. New York: St. James Press, 1996. Literature Resource Center. Web. 17 Mar. 2013.

Orwell, George. 1984. N.p.: Signet Classics, n.d. Print.

Place, Troy. "Orwell's '1984.'(George Orwell)(Critical Essay)." The Explicator 61.2 (2003): 108+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.

Shmoop Editorial Team. "Julia in 1984" Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.

"Tragic Characters." Tragic Characters. N.p., 2002. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.

Wilson, John Howard. "Brideshead revisited in Nineteen Eighty-Four: Evelyn Waugh's influence on George Orwell." Papers on Language & Literature 47.1 (2011): 3+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.

Sources* *other archetype info. is derived from Mrs. G's powerpoint
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