October 2, 2006
When someone meets a person who understands their secret motives, a comforting feeling arises within the person. In 1984, by George Orwell the main character, Winston, is confronted with an emotional battle. He is under the rule of an organization that does not allow personal opinion or feelings of any sort. Although he should not give into the feelings to disobey “Big Brother,” he does even though he knows that there would be dire consequences if he is caught. He gave into many temptations, leading him to disastrous punishment. However, he learned what he needed in life from his mistakes. Winston’s feelings towards O’Brien proved that a true understanding is what he wanted in his life; this shows peoples dependence on the truth for comfort and guidance.
In the beginning of the novel, everyone in The Ministry of Truth, where Winston worked, was chanting as though it is the pledge of allegiance to “Big Brother.” When something extraordinary happened, Winston caught a glimpse of O’Brien, who is another employee at The Ministry of Truth and worked with Winston, and he felt a connection. “Momentarily he caught O’Brien’s eye… But there was a fraction of a second when their eyes met, and for as long as it took to happen Winston knew- yes, he knew!- that O’Brien was thinking the same thing as himself. An unmistakable message had passed. It was as though their two minds had opened and the thoughts were flowing from one into the other through their eyes.” (17). This quote displays how Winston and O’Brien are having the same rebellious thoughts and that their outlook on life is similar. They both felt the same way about “Big Brother” and the way he ran society. O’Brien is the first person, in the novel, that Winston knew that had rebellious thoughts, other than him self. Winston is happy that he finally found someone with the same...