Homework Help

What are two arguments for fate in George Orwell's 1984 and William...

user profile pic

danielb77 | Valedictorian

Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM via web

dislike 1 like

What are two arguments for fate in George Orwell's 1984 and William Shakespeare's Hamlet?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

In 1984, Winston depict's Orwell's own expression of "fate." Orwell is quoted as having said that the fate of those who are sentiment, as opposed to rational, is that their opinions alter as soon as they meet opposition:

This is the inevitable fate of the sentimentalist. All his opinions change into their opposites at the first brush of reality. (George Orwell)

In this Orwellian sense, Winston meets his fate after he is reprogramed to embrace Big Brother.

Hamlet is the victim of fate as the shadow of his father pursues him to accomplish the foul deed of revenge in resolution of the prior foul deed of regicide and patricide.

Sources:

Kay Morse

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes