How would you describe the conflict of "man vs society" in 1984?  

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The conflict of Man vs. Society is illustrated by Winston Smith's struggle to maintain his humanity and preserve his individuality in the midst of his extremely oppressive, dangerous society. The authoritarian regime known as the Party controls virtually every aspect of Winston's society and requires citizens to completely conform and pledge their unwavering support to Big Brother. In Oceania, citizens must behave completely orthodox, continually exercise doublethink, and conform to society's standards in order to avoid being publicly executed or tortured in the Ministry of Love. Winston Smith is a free-thinking individual, who resents living in the oppressive, threatening society. Winston is aware of the Party's prevalent hypocrisy and detests his controlled lifestyle, where he is under constant surveillance. Winston takes steps to rebel against the Party by writing in his diary, which is considered a thoughtcrime, carrying on an affair with Julia , and attempting to join the...

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