Divided into a rigid system of social classes, the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four consists of proles, representing the vast majority of...
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Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Winston Smith, a citizen of Oceania. He is an intelligent man of thirty-nine, a member of the Outer Ring of the Party who has a responsible job in the Ministry of Truth, where he changes the records to accord with the aims and wishes of the Party. He is not entirely loyal, however, for he keeps a secret journal, takes a mistress, and hates Big Brother. Caught in his infidelities to the Party, he is tortured until he is a broken man; he finally accepts his lot, even to the point of loving Big Brother.
Mrs. Smith, Winston’s wife, a devoted follower of the Party and active member of the Anti-Sex League. Because she believes procreation a party duty, she leaves her husband when the union proves childless.
Julia, a bold, good-looking girl who, though she wears the Party’s red chastity belt, falls in love with Winston and becomes his mistress. She, like her lover, rebels against Big Brother and the Party. Like Winston, too, she is tortured and brainwashed and led to repent her political sins.
O’Brien, a member of the Inner Party. He leads Winston and Julia to conspire against the Party and discovers their rebellious acts and thoughts. He is Winston’s personal torturer and educator who explains to Winston why he must accept his lot in the world of Big Brother.
Mr. Charrington, a member of the thought police who disguises himself as an old man running an antique shop in order to catch such rebels as Winston and Julia. He is really a keen, determined man of thirty-five.