Is this summary on the novel 1984 by George Orwell good? Character analysis on Winston Smith any good?
Winston Smith really despises the totalitarian government (his employer) that controls all aspect of society; he has secret dreams of rising up against the oppressive regime. He's enquiring – especially on his trip to the shop to buy the forbidden paper notebook and his doomed "research" with the old prole in the pub. Winston spends much of his time accounting for the real past and musing on his rebellious tendencies. He is thankful for the alcove that escapes the watchful surveillance of the telescreen in his room, and starts a journal cataloging his anti-Party thoughts. He also enjoys strolling in the prole district, looking for connections to the past, Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain. The problem is, he’s not so great at doing anything about it. From the moment he starts his journal, to the moment he consummates his love with Julia, to his first encounter with O’Brien, Winston holds on to his dream of freedom and independence. His unwavering individuality and the accompanying fervent rebelliousness are Winston’s strengths. However, combined with his unique sense of fatalism, they are also his downfall. He's something of a dissident, and happy to be drawn into O'Brien's plot. He's also sexually and emotionally starved. He can be considered somewhat cowardly in the end, but Orwell's point is that bravery is impossible under a totalitarian system, which will enforce conformity at all costs.
Like the Nazi and Stalinist totalitarian states, and shortages in wartime and postwar Britain, the Totalitarian Society Orwell projects in this novel, is horrifying. He tries to portray a world constantly at war for no reason other than to create shortages, terror, and uniformity. The ultimate goal of this government is to control thought completely. “Big Brother” watches everyone’s moves and is in charge of spreading the lies and propaganda. Big Brother kept things in order by using telescreens, which were these TV's that were in every home and everywhere; “Big Brother” was always watching – you could never hide from his so called “Party” because these TV’s could never be turned off or muted. The protagonist, Winston Smith, a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania, is still able to think for himself despite constant propaganda and the monitoring of every detail of his life – perhaps because his job is to rewrite the past every time government policy changes. Winston briefly attains a degree of personal freedom and commits thought crime (the crime of exercising free thought, which could get you in trouble with the “thought police”). The inevitable result for Winston is a prolonged period of passionless but unmerciful torture until he is able to say that two plus two equals five and actually believe it. Towards the end, he is basically tortured and brainwashed, along with his girlfriend he had an affair with who also hated Big Brother, to love Big Brother.