What dual purpose does Big Brother symbolize in the novel, and was he real or just a symbol?

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First of all, Big Brother is not a real person. Although he frequently appears on television and his picture stares out from huge posters that shout, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, nobody sees Big Brother in person. He is a symbol of the authority of The Party.

According to cited scholars, Orwell probably had several things in mind when he created Big Brother. He was most likely thinking predominantly of...

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