Please analyze some quotations from George Orwell's novel 1984 that involve the power of Big Brother.
The power of “Big Brother” is emphasized almost immediately in George Orwell’s novel 1984. As Winston Smith returns to his small apartment, he is confronted, at the end of a hallway, by an enormous color poster:
It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a meter wide: the face of a man about forty-five, with a heavy black mustache and ruggedly handsome features. (p. 1)
This is our first glimpse of Big Brother, although we do not yet know exactly whom the poster depicts. Only a few sentences later does the narrator tell us that at the bottom of each poster (since these posters are visible on every floor of Smith’s apartment building), large letters declare, in boldface type, “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.”
The visual details of this first encounter with Big Brother are worth discussing. His face is described as being “enormous” – a trait that suggests his enormous power as well as the main purpose of these posters: to overwhelm and intimidate anyone who looks at them. Big...
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