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What is the importance of Big Brother in 1984?

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mrmlr | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM via web

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What is the importance of Big Brother in 1984?

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chickflik999 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 3, 2012 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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In 1984, Big Brother is the all-knowing ruler. As Winston discovers, Big Brother does not really exist.  However, he is used as a symbol that demands the citizens of Oceania to honor and love him. Orwell used Big Brother in the novel 1984 to represent totalitarian countries run by dictators. The citizens of Oceania worship Big Brother in the same way that followers of dictators worshiped them. This is seen due to the fact that Oceanic people love Big Brother more than their families and will defend Big Brother against those who go against him.

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