1984, Winston Smith’s Character Analysis

Winston Smith.

“1994” by George Orwell

Winston Smith

(Character Analysis)

There’s a point in everybody’s life when authority proves to be too much and a sense of rebellion kicks in and takes over. This varies from case to case but not in Winston Smith’s world where all there is, is authority. Where privacy doesn’t exist and the freedom of speech is never present. In the great novel “1984” by George Orwell, Winston Smith will have to look inward and find strength in the middle of the storm. Throughout this novel Winston is clearly shown to be fearful, passionate, and full of courage.

Winston is overtaken by fear throughout the novel and with much reason as well; “He carried it guiltily home in his briefcase”. He goes through many problems and dangerous encounters, from the time of his writing to the torturing he had to endure. “If detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death.” His words gave him freedom from the harsh world in which he was trapped in; “The past was dead, the future was unimaginable”. He learned to control his fear and find some light in the darkness.

Passion is one attribute that endures all others, love at the heart of it, will never stop until reaching its final goal: “If there is hope, wrote Winston, it lies in the proles”. Love takes all shapes and crawls into our insides without us noticing it, without us even caring. But in the end, love changes who we are, every aspect, every thought, every action. “The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all around him. She had become a physical necessity.” If the love is pure, it will be mutual, and it will surpass all limits. “At the sight of the words I love you the desire to stay alive had welled up in him, and the taking of minor risks suddenly seemed stupid”. Passion kept him alive; passion gave him purpose, passion made him.

Courage is needed in a rebellion, whether that rebellion is physical or mental, maybe both. “In small clumsy letters, he wrote;”. Courage to do what’s right takes you to test the limits of all evil, courage breaks them, and makes new and pure ones that will later be broken. “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness”. Adjectives describe everything, but it’s our job to decide which adjectives will describe us. “Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your own nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom”. Courage changed the world.

            Winston is all of this and more, much more. He’s qualities guided him through his own darkness and brought him to see the light, almost. Because of his qualities, he played the main and most important role, the guide, the one who would not stand and just watch anymore.

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