O'Brien Victim or Villian

David Wyckstandt

Villain and Victim

After learning what we did about O'Brien yesterday, I believe that he is both a victim and villain. My reasoning for this is that when he tortured Winston, it said that he has a small smile which makes me think that he truly enjoyed hurting Winston. However, he could also be a victim because maybe he was brainwashed to like it and enjoy torturing people as a way to torment the tortured even more. Also, he might in all actuality not be enjoying this, but play the part, so he won’t be tortured himself by others like him. These are the questions that I have to ask myself in order to come up with the answer to your question. Sadly, I can’t choose between the two so my final answer is that he is in fact both the victim and villain in 1984.