Corruption Lies Within

Casey Shafer


True power lies within corrupting someones mental saneness. When an individual looses control of their own mental thoughts, believes and morals, they have given up all self worth. When Winston is put in jail for the crimes he and Julia committed, he is faced head on with fears he never even knew he had. The party officials used Winston's deepest fears and thoughts to fully corrupt his mind and change his thoughts. What Winston once thought was true and once believed, the party used a series of torturous acts to change what he thought and believed.

Power & 1984

"From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:




At this point in the book Winston is reading the Party slogans. The Party wants so badly to control to people that they will go as far as to change meanings of words. This causes people to loose control of their mental self. The people of this city start to believe what they Party says because they have no choice and if they are to rebel and think their own thoughts, they are severely punished.


"Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing" (1.1.6).

Fear ran so deep in Winston that he even fantasies about it. He thinks that by turning his back on the telescreen, even his rebellious spirit will be sniffed out. Winston is so afraid that he is letting his mind race and get away from him. Little did Winston know that by doing just this, he has already been giving the Party control.

Discipline & Change

"We are not interested in those stupid crimes you have committed. The Party is not interested in the overt act: the thought id all we care about. We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them" (2.9.32, Goldstein's Manifesto).

At this point in Orwell's novel, Winston is realizing that it doesn't matter what he did or what law he broke. What mattered was his thoughts. The Party wanted Winston to believe everything they said without any doubt in his head. They would do anything to make Winston change his mind about his character and what he was living for. They would use even his deepest darkest fear to provoke what they wanted him to think.