1984: 2+2=5

Throughout the book I had faith in Winston. Maybe he would be the one that made a difference or informed the proles of possibilities. We see that he isn’t as rebellious as others because when arrested he observes other prisoners and thinks they are offensive. He points out the differences between Party prisoners and the others. George Orwell’s 1984 is disturbing because there is no hope among the proles or the so called Brotherhood. Winston, earlier wrote “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follow.” (81)  After Winston is “cured” by the Ministry we see that mindlessly he traces onto the dust of his table 2+2=5. This is most horrifying because despite all rebellion he has conformed. Julia and Winston’s spirits are broken; all forms of rebellion against the Ministry are futile.  As O’Brien means to degrade and humiliate Winston he says “you are the guardian of the human spirit.” (270) In order to show how man has disintegrated O’Brien makes Winston see himself as he is.  He describes Winston as an old looking man suffering from a malicious disease and a bag of filth. The spirit of humanity like Winstons is weak and dies out. Technology is not to blame for the disastrous turnout of humanity. Yes, telescreen’s and other instruments are used to spy on people. Along with electronics the government relies on the children to spy because they are brain washed.  Civilization is to blame for the betrayal of human rights because they have accepted every lie.

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