1984 Character List

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Winston Smith

The book’s protagonist. Winston is a peaceful 39-year-old man living in Oceania in the year 1984. A Party member, Winston operates at the Ministry of Reality correcting “mistakes” in past publications. Winston is likewise an amateur intellectual who nurses a secret hatred of the Celebration. To secure himself from discovery, Winston goes through the movements of external orthodoxy, but enjoys his internal world of dreams, memories and speculation about the past. Winston is wed but separated, and has no kids. Upon meeting Julia, he finds an outlet for his heretical viewpoints and for the love he yearns to show another person. His physical and mental health improves, and Winston starts to believe more powerfully in a recognized hidden movement against the Celebration. Regrettably, the affair is brief, and the couple is apprehended. Winston is taken to the Ministry of Love and subjected to extensive torture and embarrassment, which force him into submission. As an outcome of this experience, Winston loses all defiant thoughts, gains unadulterated love for Big Sibling and the Celebration, and eradicates his love for Julia. In short, Winston loses his humankind. Upon his release, he is a shell of a male, yet likewise an ideal, loyal, and dedicated Celebration member.

Julia

A 26-year-old Celebration member who operates in the Fiction Department of the Ministry of Reality. Julia likewise covertly despises the Celebration, but accepts its guideline over her and for that reason outwardly seems zealously committed to the Celebration’s causes. Julia states her love for Winston, thus starting their affair and setting them down the course towards their ultimate jail time. Unlike Winston, Julia sees life simply, and is interested only in her survival and personal rebellion against the Celebration – not in long-lasting prepare for the resurgence of democracy. Julia is jailed along with Winston and tortured in the Ministry of Love. When they reunite after their respective releases, Julia is spiritless, physically broken, and even nurses a vague dislike for Winston. Much like Winston, Julia leaves the Ministry of Love as a simple shell of a human being.

O’Brien

A popular Inner Party member with whom Winston feels a strange bond. Winston feels that even if O’Brien is an enemy, it would not matter due to the fact that he understands O’Brien will comprehend him without explanation. O’Brien is a large, elegant, and plainly smart man who leads Winston to believe he is part of an underground movement against the Party, however in reality helps turn Winston in for thoughtcrime and abuses him in the Ministry of Love. O’Brien has plenty of unusual contradictions. He can be fatherly – and even tender – even while fanatically expressing his devotion to the Party by abusing Winston.

Big Brother

The symbol of Oceania and the Party, Big Bro is Oceania’s supreme leader, and is omnipresent through telescreen forecasts, coins, and even big posters alerting, “BIG SIBLING IS WATCHING YOU.” Huge Brother is in theory among the initial founders of the Celebration and the Revolution, however Winston assumes he does not exist, will never ever age, and will never ever pass away. He is the mouth piece of the Party, and the symbol all Party members praise.

Mrs. Parsons

The better half of Tom Parsons and neighbor of Winston’s. An exhausted, aged female with “dust in the creases of her face,” Mrs. Parsons is the mom of 2 horrific kids coming from the Spies and Youth League and who are bound to eventually knock her and her husband to the Idea Cops. At the beginning of the novel, Mrs. Parsons knocks on Winston’s door when he is composing in his journal to request his assistance unclogging the kitchen area sink. Winston requires.

Tom Parsons

Husband to Mrs. Parsons, and Winston’s next-door neighbor and colleague. Tom is a heavy, sweaty, easy male whom Winston despises for his unquestioning acceptance of whatever the Celebration informs him. Parsons is active in his community groups, and appears to truly believe Party claims and doctrine. However, his daughter ultimately denounces him to the Idea Cops, declaring he was stating “Down with Big Brother” in his sleep. Winston sees Tom while sent to prison in the Ministry of Love, and Tom is paradoxically pleased with his seven-year-old child for having done her task.

Tillotson

A coworker of Winston’s, Tillotson sits throughout from him in the Records Department and is exceptionally secretive about his work.

Ampleforth

A coworker of Winston’s, and a poet who works in the Records Department rewriting politically or ideologically objectionable Oldspeak poems. By the end of the unique, Ampleforth remains in prison along with Winston, for, he believes having actually left the word “God” in one of his poems.

Syme

A “pal” of Winston’s and a philologist working on the Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary. Although Winston dislikes Syme, he enjoys having somewhat intriguing conversations with him. Winston notifications that Syme, although a dedicated Party member, is too clever and too singing for his own great. He predicts Syme will be vaporized, and is proven proper when he unexpectedly disappears.

Katharine

Winston’s other half, who never ever appears straight in the book but is talked about at some length. Winston explains her as “unthinkful” and claims she was ridiculously devoted to the Celebration, to the point where she referred to sleeping with Winston to produce offspring as her “responsibility to the Party.” The two never ever had kids, and ultimately separated. In a conversation with Julia, Winston reveals he was as soon as lured to murder Katharine when they were separated from others on a nature walk. Nevertheless, he did not, and he assumes Katharine still lives, although he has actually not seen her in years.

Mr. Charrington

The owner of the antique store where Winston initially purchases his diary, pen, and in the future a glass paperweight. Winston leases the room above the shop from Mr. Charrington for his love affair with Julia. Mr. Charrington seems a kind old male intrigued in history and the past, but later exposes himself to be a member of the Thought Authorities. Mr. Charrington leads Winston and Julia into his trap, and observes their action from the surprise telescreen in the room above the store. As he is being arrested, Winston notices that Mr. Charrington looks completely various, and has plainly been working under disguise for rather some time.

Martin

O’Brien’s servant, Martin is a little, dark-haired man who Winston believes might be Chinese. He leads Winston and Julia into O’Brien’s home and sits in on their conference, but does not speak.

Comrade Withers

A former popular Inner Celebration member who received the Order of Obvious Merit, Second Class. The topic of a “correction” Winston must make at the Ministry of Truth after Withers is vaporized.

Comrade Ogilvy

A guy Winston creates to change Associate Withers when “correcting” the news story surrounding the honors Withers, an unperson, gotten from the Party.

Jones, Aaronson and Rutherford

Three Inner Party members incorrectly arrested in 1965 and required to incriminate themselves of numerous crimes, consisting of treason and murder. They are ultimately killed. Winston discovers a clipping proving their innocence and ruins the document, however never forgets holding the evidence that Celebration “fact” was fiction.

Wilsher

A coworker of Winston’s who delays his very first conversation with Julia by welcoming Winston to sit with him in the canteen.

Prole Washer Lady

A big, brawny, stocky prole woman who is constantly hanging laundry and singing below the window in Mr. Charrington’s home.

Starving Male

A man briefly put in Winston’s holding cell who is clearly being starved to death. When informed to go to Space 101 he informs them to take the guy who used him food (Bumstead) instead – anything however 101.

Bumstead

A prisoner in the Ministry of Love who provides the starving man a piece of old bread. He is right away penalized with a violent attack that breaks his jaw and causes heavy bleeding.

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