How does George Orwell use Winston to represent the human experience in 1984?

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In 1984, George Orwell uses Winston Smith to represent the human experience through giving him characteristics and placing him in situations with which the reader can identify. These include his changing involvement in his closely intertwined professional, social, and personal worlds. One of Winston’s primary traits is his dissatisfaction with his job: he is not only bored but also doubts that the work is socially useful. Closely connected is his attitude toward authority, which he initially regards with suspicion and resentment. It seems that this resentment is turning into political resistance as he privately denounces Big Brother.

The autocracy in which Winston lives encourages suspicion of his fellow citizens, which contributes to his sense of alienation and loneliness. Although this suspicion initially extends to Julia, Winston’s desire for human connection blossoms through his relationship with her. In the end, Winston is shown to be as weak as anyone else in Oceania. Rather than a noble hero resisting the totalitarian controls, he abandons his personal feelings and betrays Julia. Orwell leaves the reader wondering if they would be stronger than Winston in a similar situation.

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