Hope is Hopelessness Analytical Essay

Hope is Hopelessness
This paper looks at hope and memory in George Orwell's work "1984".
# 117552 | 4,100 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 08, 2009 in Literature (English) , Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Psychology (Memory) , Sociology (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses that in '1984', author George Orwell defines 'utopia' and 'dystopia' through Winston's fidelity to private and historical memory; that is to say 'utopia' is an honest and accepting faithfulness to memory, while 'dystopia' is a dishonest and a denying infidelity to memory. The writer explains that this distinction is held in one's ability to keep his personal, private world separated from his external, public one. The writer discusses that through Winston, Orwell is expressing the vital, historic desire for privacy and the need to remember in the face of an oppressive, public eye. The writer further maintains that Winston is subjugated by the memory/individual-killing institution of Big Brother. According to the paper, Orwell shows the absolute danger and consequential loss in the betrayal of the self and the hopeful change that springs and grows, if it is allowed to, from honest, faithful remembering.

From the Paper:

"This loss of identity, for he has no accurate placement in history, causes him to wonder for whom he's even writing a diary. The answer to this question should obviously be for himself. Winston simply doesn't have the tools to write a diary. He has memories, but they're uncolored by private emotion and this simultaneously alienates him from himself, and history. A diary should be considered to be of utmost privacy, but Winston, without a self-functioning memory, is unable to lay claim to anything private. Nor can he position himself within any historical context or occurrence.
"Orwell conveys that fallible memory disrupts history and intelligible history fades and blurs the line between private and public."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 1984: George Orwell

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