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    A Contrast between Winston's Relationships with Katharine and Julia and why they ultimately failed

    4 star(s)

    They had an extremely shallow relationship based on their hatred for the party and their s****l desires. Katharine, who never appears directly in the book, was Winston's wife and they had separated between 9 and 10 years ago after a fifteen month marriage. "Katharine was a tall, fair haired girl, very straight, with splendid movements. She had a bold, aquiline face, a face that one might have called noble." After reading this description she seems to appear strikingly similar to Winston's mother.

    • Word count: 1738
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    What do you find disturbing about George Orwell's vision?

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    Love brings joy that - as Winston Smith, the main character in 1984, experiences - makes life worth living. Without love, Oceania's inhabitants are reduced to a pointless, miserable, isolated existence. I think the most depressing event in the story of Winston Smith is how the Party crushed his love for Julia so completely, accentuated by the powerful unconditional nature of their love for each other before. Consequently, the Party, and its figurehead, 'Big Brother,' condemn s****l intercourse with fierce and active distaste, evident in the formation of 'The Junior Anti-s*x League.' s*x, the most intimate, loving act two people can share is seen as a threat to the Party's power, and is only acceptable in absolutely necessary circumstances - to create a child - and is devoid of all sentiment.

    • Word count: 1378
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    'Winston Smith Needs O'Brien' in the novel 1984 by George Orwell.

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    Big Brother. Winston realizes that to be an outsider in a world in which individuality is a crime is dangerous. He asks himself if he is "alone in the possession of memory" because he does not want to believe that everybody is deluded, that all the people like to be controlled by the Party (Orwell p.62). Even in "the age of solitude" there must be other intelligent men (Orwell p.30)... Only an intelligent person can understand that sometimes the majority in the face of society might be wrong.

    • Word count: 1226
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    ''Nineteen Eighty-Four' as an extent of the Dystopia fiction

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    The scope of the word "genre" is usually confined to art and culture.'2 Michael Radford's film is one of the best pictures of Dystopian fiction, filmed not only during the same year and location imagined by the author of the novel, but some scenes where shot exactly on the dates from main's character diary. Main characters live in the world, which is in a constant state of war between three super powers. Society of Oceania, is controlled through the Inner Party led by the Big Brother, a image on the 'telescreen' which observes every move of the citizens.

    • Word count: 1671
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    Discuss the presentation of Big Brother in '1984'. Refer in

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    Orwell Uses Big Brother as a symbol of powerful dictators, such as Stalin, Hitler, Franco and Mussolini. Big Brother's role in society could be described as a kind of religious god because Big Brother is followed by many, yet no one has ever seen him which is similar to nearly all of today's religious gods, who are worshipped and followed by many but again they have never been seen. For party members he has the power to incite devotion, but he is also used as the ultimate threat because if his followers stray from his leadership they will be tortured or even 'vaporized'.

    • Word count: 1207
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    Conception of the Future in 1984

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    The oppressive nature of communism and the totalitarian regimes which had caused WW2 are oft said to be the sole or primary basis for Oceania. While this idea holds merit, I believe Orwell to have written the novel in a more general manner, speaking of the world's fate in a more general manner, encompassing both communism and capitalism. He wishes not to denounce the future he expressed as a product of the communist powers only, but also as the same end where western society is headed.

    • Word count: 1307

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