Literary Conflict in 1984 Literary Conflict
MAN vs MAN
MAN vs SOCIETY
MAN vs SOCIETY
You are prepared to give your lives? You are prepared to commit murder?
We want to join it and work for it. We are enemies of the Party.
Winston and other adults are wary of children. In particular, Winston notes the Parson children across the hall, who enjoy playing games where they arrest people for thoughtcrime. “With those children, he thought, that wretched woman must lead a life of terror. Another year, or two years, and they would be watching her night and day for symptoms of unorthodoxy. Nearly all children nowadays were horrible.”
Winston is plagued by memories where he believes he killed his mother. He remembers how much his mother had loved him, and how he had been too selfish to love her in return. After running off with a full ration of chocolate, he returned to find his mother and toddler sister gone. He isn’t sure what happened, but has a feeling that “the lives of his mother and sister had been sacrificed to his own.”
Winston no longer agrees with the Party. He envisions a society where the proles rise up and overcome the government: “‘I don’t imagine that we can alter anything in our own lifetime. But one can imagine little knots of resistance springing up here and there-- small groups of people banding themselves together, and gradually growing, and even leaving a few records behind, so that the next generation can carry on where we left off.’”
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