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I'm writing an essay on the book 1984 by George Orwell, and I'm writing from the critical lens marxism, the differences in social classes. I need help with my three body paragraphs, I was thinking to discuss each class in a different paragraph, like first the Inner Party, Outer Party, Proles. However, I need help cause I need proof and I don't really understand what I'm trying to prove by writing on the diferent social classes in 1984. All I know is that we're suppose to write an essay through a critical lens.

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We have limited access to any "groups" in 1984.  We only have Winston's limited perspective.  He doesn't even know much about his own class.  So, much of your paper will be inferential.  We only know what Winston knows: we can't trust O'Brien (inner party) or Julia (outer party)--both of which are probably double-agents.

Winston is fascinated with the Proles; he sees them as the key to revolution.  Look at Winston's journal entry for his "stream-of-conscious" Marxist criticism on the party vs. the proles:

April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks. All war films. One very good one of a ship full of refugees being bombed somewhere in the Mediterranean. Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away with a helicopter after him, first you saw him wallowing along in the water like a porpoise, then you saw him through the helicopters gunsights, then he was full of holes and the sea round him turned pink and he sank as suddenly as though the holes had let in the water,

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