1984What role does Big Brother play within the novel? What effect does he have on Winston? Is Winston’s obsession with Big Brother fundamentally similar to or different from his obsession with...

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What role does Big Brother play within the novel? What effect does he have on Winston? Is Winston’s obsession with Big Brother fundamentally similar to or different from his obsession with O’Brien?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Big Brother plays the role of fear in the novel.  It is because "he's always watching" that the Party members act the way they are expected to act.  The Party forces obedience through that fear of being watched, listened to and caught doing something illegal.  Winston is effected tremendously by Big Brother.  He loves and hates him...we all need a routine, a purpose, but we rebel against an overabundance of restriction and authority.  This is what Big Brother is to Winston--an overabundance.  Winston's obsession with O'Brien stems from his belief that the two men are alike.  O'Brien proves that this is only true in that he thinks the way men like Winston do in order to catch them and put them back on the correct "Big Brother" road. Winston felt a connection with O'Brien. His obsession with BB stems from the rebellion against stifling oppression.  So, in my opinion, these obsessions are fundamentally different.

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