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1984
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1984


Character Profiles

Winston Smith - The main character, Winston escorts readers through Orwells elaborate universe.� As a member of the Outer Party nearing age 40, Winston leads an insignificant and tragically average life.� As a flawed and conflicted hero, Winston lacks the intelligence or physical prowess to use his knowledge of the past against the Party.� The trust that Winston places in O'Brien and Mr. Charrington lead to his tortured demise.� However, it is Winston's ability to trust that makes him human and heroic in a world built on deceit.

O'Brien - O'Brien represents Big Brother incarnate.� O'Brien, a high-ranking member of the Inner Party, befriends Winston at his workplace then pretends to recruit him to The Brotherhood.� However, when the Thought Police finally arrest Winston, O'Brien reveals himself to be Winston's captor and torturer.� Despite enduring extreme pain at the hands of O'Brien, Winston continues to admire his enemy.� Winston refers to O'Brien as a father, teacher, and confessor.

Julia - A young and attractive woman, Julia uses sex to rebel against the party.� Since sex outside of Party-approved marriage is strictly forbidden, Julia's relationship with Winston begins as a political act against the State.� However, the lovers form a deeper bond, vow never to betray each other, and try to join The Brotherhood together.� Once captured, though, Winston succumbs to O'Brien's torture and betrays Julia.

Mr. Charrington - Winston meets Mr. Charrington in a secondhand shop in a prole neighborhood.� Mr. Charrington seems harmless and allows Winston and Julia use a rented room above his shop for their illicit affair.� But, as a member of the Thought Police, Mr. Charrington traps the lovers and seals their tragic fate.

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