By F. Thompson
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Winston's diary will not survive him, and he will cease to exist, like any other unperson. To Winston, this is far worse than torture and death. The instructor in physical education is intended to be reminiscent of Soviet women. She is the useful female of totalitarian cultures. She will form an instructive contrast to the girl later in the novel. More significantly, she and her exercises epitomize the regimentation of the society. Chapters 6-8 The Party's concept of history strikes the modern reader as absurd.
Even his name is part of the masterful design which Orwell uses to mold the world of 1984. His first name is that of perhaps the greatest statesman of the century: Winston Churchill. His surname is that of the most common name in our language: Smith. Thus, Winston's name contains one of the many paradoxes presented in the novelthat is, he is common and he is uncommon. His position as a member of the Party should make him exalted, but, in fact, he has the least freedom of all. Orwell does not do this out of coincidence; he deliberately establishes the drastic differences in ideas and ideals between life in Oceania and life in postwar England.
In American literature, Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) and Herman Melville's Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847) are examples of the same impulse to see man in an uncorrupted state. This desire is related to the phenomenon of the frontier in American history. The West allowed the possibility of establishing an ideal society or community free of the historical evils that man had always suffered in Europe. " Twain accurately reflects, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), the impulse to flee to the frontier and away from civilization.
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