If you could be one of the characters in "1984," which one would you like to be most? Why?If you could be one of the characters in"1984," which one would you like to be most?  Why?

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timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure if I can answer this question with no one, but I can't imagine being any of the "main" characters.  The proles have a kind of romantic appeal, the simple, poor, singing slobs, but I don't think I'd actually like to be one of them. Since I'm pretty sure that Big Brother dosn't exist, I wouldn't want to be him.  I also don't think that Goldstein exists; although he is a romantic hero type character, I think he is just an idea, so he's not possible.  Come to think of it, who'd want to be in 1984 anyway :)

gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I had to be one character in "1984," I'd have to choose Big Brother. The society of Oceania is so horrific that I can't imagine being any real/living character. If I'm a rebel, like Winston, I am tortured until I lose my being, strength, and sexual desire. If I'm part of the Party, I have to torture, kill, and lie.

Besides, if I get to be Big Brother, my image is everywhere, and people think I'm all powerful. I get to have the power fantasy without having to do the brutal work to get the power.

decadence | Student

Big Brother, obviously.

cheesepie14 | Student

I'd like to be big brother mostly because as said before I wouldn't have to live in fear and also I get to do practically anything and everyone will think its right because I'd be the leader.

jillyfish | Student

I'd be a prole. They are the least boxed-in by the regime of terror. But I agree with gbeatty, it's a Hobson Choice of the least unpleasant situation. No-one is in a good place.

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