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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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D. Reynolds eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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For writing this letter, it does matter whether this is the Winston who has not yet been arrested or the Winston at the end of the novel, who has been tortured and brainwashed into complete love and acceptance of Big Brother.

The earlier Winston would focus not on worship of Big Brother himself but on praising him for being such an effective tool of propaganda. Winston would talk about how Big Brother has truly made people aware that they are constantly being watched, so that they do censor themselves against possible thoughtcrimes. He might praise Big Brother for having posters of himself everywhere and for the way he has managed to make himself a father figure to so many people. The focus would be on the success of Big Brother as an image rather than on any personal devotion to Big Brother himself.

The later Winston would not perceive Big Brother as a propaganda tool wielded by the state but would focus on him as a genuinely great leader. This Winston would write about his sense of personal love and loyalty to Big Brother as his savior and protector. He would express his willingness to die for Big Brother. He might even hope to meet Big Brother.

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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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haninlattouf1997 | Student

thank you very much,in fact i got an A+ :)