A character analysis of obrien in 1984 by george orwell

A character analysis of obrien in 1984 by george orwell

He seems to be close to Big Brother and may even be part of a collective that makes up Big Brother. O'Brien invites Winston who then invites Julia to his flat where, as a member of the Inner Party he lives in comparative luxury. Like Winston and Julia, O'Brien is not unfamiliar with smoking and drinking. His fatalism causes him to test the limits of rebelliousness and eventually displays just how powerful the party is. Eventually O'Brien approaches Winston with some leading remarks which seem to confirm Winston's suspicions. While Winston is characterized as an individual, a small man in a large society, O'Brien is bigger than life and remains so throughout the novel. From the very beginning it becomes apparent that Winston is a curious person. Freedom is Slavery. O'Brien gives Winston his address and invites Winston over. O'Brien is not only duplicitous in nature, but he also seems to be able to employ doublethink very well. He's the public persona of the party, yet in reality probably does not exist. Ignorance is Strength.

O'Brien seems to be a co-conspirator and friend to Winston Smith until the third part of the novel, when he is revealed as a zealous Party leader who had been closely watching Winston for years. The Party therefore suppresses intellectualism in favor of ignorance, which it promotes as strength.

obrien and winstons relationship

The torture scenes undertaken by O'Brien were influenced in part by the stories leaked out of the USSR of the punishments inflicted on political prisoners in mental hospitals and the Gulag. Winston suspects that O'Brien secretly opposes the Party.

1984 summary

O'Brien invites Winston who then invites Julia to his flat where, as a member of the Inner Party he lives in comparative luxury. From the very beginning it becomes apparent that Winston is a curious person.

obrien 1984 physical description

Other than a desire for intercourse and their hatred for the party, the two have very little in common. However, as an Inner Party member, he has access to far better cigarettes and other goods than they do.

He is not a sheep that believes everything that is thrown at him. Written inthe novel is set in a futuristic totalitarian state referred to as Oceania.

The character of O'Brien is not so different from many of the contemporary leaders of the 20th century.

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