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CHAPTERS 7 & 8
Winston is still writing his diary secretly. He continues to
contemplate the society created by the Party. The more he thinks
about the encroachment on individual freedom, the lack of privacy,
the loneliness, and the deliberate alteration of the past, the
wonders if there is a way of overthrowing or weakening the Party.
The Party, through its massive propaganda machinery, spreads
idea that life in the new society is much better than it was
the revolution. In reality, the condition of the masses is bad.
is a scarcity of essential items, poorly paid jobs, and the
overpowering smell of garbage everywhere. Yet, in Chapter 8,
Winston walks around in the dark streets where the 'proles'
working class lives, he sees for himself that freedom, individual
freedom and the human bonds of family, love, and affection,
Winston is convinced that if there is any hope for the future
generation, it lies in the Proles. If they are made conscious,
collective strength can overthrow the Party. But what disturbs
Winston is that due to the constant bombardment from the
propaganda machinery, all memories, records, and details of
before the revolution are being erased. The propaganda is so
pervasive that when the party claims that airplanes have been
invented after the revolution, everyone accepts it. Though Winston
knows how this lie is being spun and is accepted as the truth,
unable to understand the motive behind it.
Through a subtle play of images, the depiction of the ambiance
through sounds, smell, and color, the author draws sharp contrasts
between the lives led by the Party members and the 'proles'.
contrasts only serve to further heighten the feeling of alienation
the individual from society. Moreover, the Party Ingsoc's slogan,
animals and proles are free, reveal the Party's contempt for
proles. This fact is ironic because the Party has come to power
serve the interests of the proletariat. Besides, it also shows
Party's attitude towards freedom. Freedom of thought is a basic
natural right of all human beings that the Party is denying
members. In fact, the concept of freedom in the new society
turned to its opposite, where freedom is slavery.
Winston shows a great deal of naiveté in thinking that
may some day revolt against the Party. A revolution takes strong
leadership, and the Party squelches any hint of leadership before
is allowed to develop.
It is important to realize that at the end of Part I, Winston
created as a normal, sane man in terms of contemporary thinking.
But in the world depicted in 1984, he is not normal or sane.
way of thinking is considered a thought crime and not appropriate
to the world of Big Brother. He is concerned about history,
about truth and life, and driven by sexual desires, all of which
unacceptable to Party practices. Because of his thoughts, Winston
knows that he is different than almost all others in the state
Oceania; as a result, he feels an extreme sense of loneliness
isolation. Orwell has totally prepared the reader for the action
takes place in Part II and Part III of the book.
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