1984 Betrayal Analysis

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1984: Essay Assignment “For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” (Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games), in the Big Brother’s society trusting is a crime and people are encourage to betray each other. Within George Orwell’s novel, 1984, the theme of betrayal is a dominant thread running throughout this novel. Firstly, O’Brien, the Inner Party member betrays Winston and Julia. Secondly, Julia, one of the significant characters in this novel betrays the rules of Big Brother and Winston. Lastly, Winston betrays Julia and the Big Brother and he has to betray his beliefs by accepting the value of the Party. Orwell develops different types of betrayal in O’Brien, Winston, and Julia to intensify the creation of overall mood of loneliness and alienation.…show more content…
Winston endures physically and psychologically tortures from O’Brien, but at last Winston betrays his own beliefs and supports the Big Brother, “He loved Big Brother” (298). After all the betrays from O’Brien and Julia, Winston cannot trust anyone anymore. This creates Winston’s mood of loneliness by staying in the society which no one is trustable. Eventually, this leads to Winston’s self-betrayal which means the Party successfully “cures” Winston to orthodoxy party member. Evidences of Winston thinks and acts as orthodoxy party member are “Almost unconsciously he traced with his finger in the dust on the table: 2+2=5” (290), “Winston was listening to the telescreen” (287), and one of the symbolic events is Winston plays chess alone, because this is what orthodoxy party members do. Winston shows how the Party punishes people who against the Party and brainwash them until they become orthodoxy. Winston once promises himself that he will die hating Big Brother, but Winston loses his hope and no longer believes in his own value, he now inputs the Big Brother’s value as his own. Consequently, Winston lives physically in Big Brother’s society but with a dead

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