Violence

In two forms

Summary

In 1984 it shows the effectiveness of using torture to undermine in a totalitarian state. Although, torture isn't just limited to physical suffering but also mind control. The characters in the story undergo brainwashing and indoctrination. The government figures by these types of tortures they can transform rebellious minds into loving, accepting ones. One theme of 1984 is that when faced with the option of bringing others harm or saving yourself, humans always choose to survive no matter what the quiescence.

Violence in 1984

Winston underwent both physical and psychological torture in the story 1984. Although he was severely physically tortured, it seemed to be the psychological torture that was the worst for him. In 1984 torture is used a technique to get people to be scared into following the governments rules. By torturing them it helps keeps people under the governments power because they're too scared to think anything different. Without torture the party would lose most of its power. Torture instills their power and to stay on top they must continue to torture people. Being tortured and putting someones life in danger makes a person do whatever then can to survive, even if that is bring harm to someone else.
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1984 Quote

"Do anything to me!" he yelled. You've been starving me for weeks. Finish it off and let me die. Shoot me. Hang me. Sentence me to twenty-five years. Is there somebody else you want me to give away? Just say who it is and I'll tell you anything you want. I don't care who it is or what you do to them. I've got a wife and three children. The biggest of them isn't six years old. You can take the whole lot of them and cut their throats in front of my eyes, and ill stand by and watch it. But not Room 101!" (3.1.71)


The man in the quote above shows the man giving up the safety and lives of everyone he knows just to save himself. He's choosing his survival over anyone else. It shows that when a human is faced with life or death, they choose life even if that means bringing harm to anyone and everyone else.

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1984 Quote

"What have you done with Julia?" Said Winston.

O'Brien smiled again. "She betrayed you, Winston. Immediately-unreservedly. I have seldom anyone come over to us promptly. You would hardly recognize her if you saw her. All he rebelliousness, her deceit, her folly, her dirty-mindedness - everything has been burned out of her. It was a perfect conversion, a textbook case." "You tortured her?"(3.2 32-34)


Although Julia loved Winston, when faced with being torture more or betraying him she choose to betray him to save herself. Julia did what she had to do to survive.

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