1984 Dystopian Society

O'Brien as a victim

A victim of Power

O’Brien is a victim of power, in my opinion because in reference to Dr. Zimbardo’s experiment and theory about power. People given the power in such situations end up manifesting a side of them they never thought were capable of and abusing the power they have been given. In O’Brien’s case it was what he needed in that society to survive and unlike Zimbardo he did not have anyone to wake him up, enabling him to spiral deeper into the folds of power. And honestly, O’Brien should not be held responsible for what he did to Winston because if he had not done that, the party would have found someone else to do his job for him.