i have to write a letter of compliment from Winston Smith to Big Brother from Orwell's 1984. What should I put in it?

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There are different ways to approach this. You could write it from the point of view of Winston at the end of the book, when he has had his spirit completely broken and is no longer able to resist the power of Big Brother. Or you could write it from a sort of grudging respect point of view. Winston, after all, is very shrewd in understanding how the Party maintains its power. Either way, my feeling is that your teacher probably wants you to demonstrate an understanding of how the Party works, and what Orwell is trying to say. So I would focus on the manipulation of information, the idea of doublethink (i.e. appearance and reality, truth and falsehood) and the atmosphere of mutual distrust that is so much a part of the book. 


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