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Physical Jerks Extract "1984". How does Orwell make you strongly sympathise with Winston at this moment in the novel?
â€œâ€¦which sent shooting pains all the way from his heels to his b******s and often ended by bringing on another coughing fit.â€, is the quotation in which displays unequivocally the pain Winston endures throughout this exercise. The reader from this is forced to strongly sympathise with Winston as he is the protagonist and naturally the reader tends to form a connection of empathy with the main character of a story; one feels the emotion of a character when they undergo traumatic experiences.
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This extract from 1984 by George Orwell highlights Winstons physical and mental pain, brought upon by the Party, as Winston partakes in the Physical Jerks,
The reader is compelled to feel sympathy towards Winston; his situation being one where pain is guaranteed, and inescapable. Winston feels â€œshooting pains all the way from his heels to his b******sâ€ as a result of these exercises, pain being a physical sensation known to all. The word â€œshootingâ€ emphasises and indicates the intensity of Winstonâ€™s pain. Orwellâ€™s association of the â€œPhysical Jerksâ€ with Winstonâ€™s intense pain directs the reader to further feel remorse and sympathise with Winston, and begin to detest the Jerks, and the Party, who enforce them. Winston quite literally gets â€˜jerkedâ€™ out of his thoughts as the instructress leading the exercises â€œscreamed [at Winston] from the telescreen.â€ The reader alarmingly realises that Winston is being watched constantly, even for something as simple as doing stretches.
- Word count: 1097