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Team 3's 1984 essay
Transcript of Team 3's 1984 essay
Breakdown of prompt:
Who is a character that outwardly conforms while inwardly questioning?
How does the tension between conformity and questioning contribute to the theme?
Often times, people conform with the norms of society while inwardly questioning those same norms.
, George Orwell characterizes Winston as a man who outwardly conforms while inwardly questioning. The action of outwardly conforming and inwardly questioning relates to the theme of the danger of totalitarianism.
In the beginning of the novel, Winston outwardly conforms with the expectations of society.
For example, Winston works in the Ministry of Truth (3-4).
Drawing from Goldstein's book later on, the reader finds out that members of the Party are accepted through examinations (208). This leads to the conclusion that Winston had to test his way into the Party, and it makes him appear loyal to the Party.
Additionally, Winston makes a conscious effort to maintain a straight face in order to fit in with the expectations of society.
This demonstrates that Winston is simply trying to survive in the society he lives in, even if he has to suppress his emotions.
Furthermore, Winston participates in Hate Week (180).
At this point, Winston is already harboring controversial thoughts according to the Party. The fact that he participates in Hate Week illustrates that he is attempting to cover up his rebellious streak.
Orwell writes this as an allusion to the hatred directed towards the Jewish and various other peoples during the Holocaust.
Tony Aguayo, Anissa Guebara,Sonia Franklin
Team 3's 1984 essay
Intro: Totalitarianism, Conflicting Thoughts
Restatement of Thesis
Why we chose Winston:
He is the main character who exhibits two major parts of his personality:conformity and questioning.
Why we chose the theme:
The act of conforming and secretly questioning relates to the dangers of totalitarian government.