Help me with 1984 assigment

  1. Why is O’Brien such a revered and respected character, even during Winston’s time in the Ministry of Love?
  2. Outline the social hierarchy of Oceania. How does this hierarchy support the Party and its goals?
  3.  Is Winston sane or insane? How does our society determine what is sane and insane, appropriate behavior or deviant behavior, moral or immoral? If one person believes in an idea or creed that is totally different from or opposite to that of the entire society, is that person insane?
  4. Should a government restrict personal freedoms in order to decrease violence and crimes?
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  1. O’Brien prominent Inner Party member with whom Winston feels a strange bond. Winston feels that even if O’Brien is an enemy, it wouldn’t matter because he knows O’Brien will understand him without explanation. O’Brien is a large, graceful, and clearly intelligent man who leads Winston to believe he is part of an underground movement against the Party, but in fact helps turn Winston in for thoughtcrime and tortures him in the Ministry of Love. O’Brien is full of strange contradictions. He can be fatherly – and even tender – even while fanatically expressing his devotion to the Party by torturing Winston. O’Brien reforms Winston into a shell of a man. He becomes Winston’s torturer and savior: his teacher and his brainwasher.
Answered on 22.06.2017.
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2. Big Brother sits at the top of the social hierarchy, followed by the Inner Party, Outer Party and Proles. The outer party is the bureaucracy which runs the giant autocratic government. The inner party is made up of a handful of old men, who control everything simply to stay in power forever. The proles make up the bulk of the population. They are the ignorant masses and are afforded much more freedom than outer party members because they are not seen as a threat.

Answered on 22.06.2017.
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4. The restriction of freedoms that a government practices is not entirely harmful. Although one should never be deprived from his personal freedom to speak, think, and write what he wills. These boundaries, stringent as they are, are more of a precaution to the government, in a sense that by preventing people from developing any thoughts of their own at all, the government presents a preemptive to stop any possible criminal actions in the future. However, this act of suppression can and most probably would cause the willpower to continue building up in the people and, over time, they will have a greater proclivity to rebel. 

Answered on 22.06.2017.
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3. For the most part of the novel, Winston isn’t insane. He doesn’t give off the vibe of being insane. He acts like other party members and conforms to the rules of the party. Our society determines all of these characteristics based on similarity. If a person’s morals don’t align with what the society believes is right, that person is suddenly immoral. If that person does something that the society sees as unusual, then it will mark the person as insane. Having a different idea than what the society believes in is usually not considered insane. There are many people who have radical ideas that are considered revolutionary. Everyone is not the same.Many of those who are not have been called revolutionary. The labeling of insanity is different for every person to determine

Answered on 22.06.2017.
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