Character Comparisons of Winston vs. Guy Montag The two protagonists in Fahrenheit and both started out somewhere, following the rules and doing what they were told, and towards the end of the book you see them change and become completely different people. In , the reader experiences a nightmarish world that Orwell imagines through the eyes of the protagonist, Winston Smith. In Fahrenheit , the protagonist, Guy Montag is on a desperate search to find and understand his own life and purpose.
After his arrival, he reveals a diary he had brought from a small store and proceeds to write in it, though he knows that revealing his thoughts in such a manner was likely to get him killed. However, despite the heightened threat in his small betrayal, life proceeds as seems to be normal for Winston. By staying humane, however, one can achieve anything against any power. Owing to the fact that he is aware of the regimes pervasive goal to completely destroy humanity, he starts rebelling against it.
Keeping a diary or any literary material is forbidden, because The Party understands the repercussions of having intellectuals around. The Party therefore suppresses intellectualism in favor of ignorance, which it promotes as strength. Winston makes it his business to oppose most of the rules throughout the novel. Chief among them is his relationship with Julia. All forms of relationships are banned to discourage any form of pleasure and bonding, so that all loyalty is given to the Party.
The fact that Julia also hates The Party only prolongs his rebellious streak, because he now has someone who understands him and is willing to be part of the revolution. Furthermore, Winston is very loyal- loyal to his course, that is. He wants to fight the oppressive regime and does not digress from his purpose throughout the book. However, his unwavering loyalty keeps him blinded from the fact that nobody is to be trusted. In addition, he is paranoid.
This stems from the fact that he knows he is constantly being watched. Since he keeps a written journal of his dislike for Big Brother, he believes that The Party officials already know his secret and it is only a matter of time before the Thought Police come breaking into his door. Due to his paranoia, he has resolved to live a risky life, because he knows his life is doomed either way. As a result, it can be concluded that he is also brave.
It should be noted that the regime is so powerful that nobody has the guts to go against it, except Winston. And even though he fails in the end, he is courageous enough to try. He is also a nonconformist. He is not a sheep that believes everything that is thrown at him. Julia is more optimistic about their situation, because she simply lives in the present moment and does not think about the future. Eventually, Winston and Julia get arrested. They are held separately, tortured, and interrogated.
Winston is beaten by jailers and he is forced to confess to various crimes, legitimate and fictional. Winston resists and he declares that despite the fact that, under torture, he has betrayed everything he valued and believed in, there is one person that he is still devoted to: Julia. The Party knows exactly what Winston fears most, though it is a secret for Winston himself.
Do it to Julia! Not me!
As well, Julia is young, as opposed to Winston, therefore she has less experience about how the world works. Lastly, Winston is a misogynist. Winston buys a thick notebook where he writes down his thoughts about the reality that surrounds him.
As well, Julia is young, as opposed to Winston, therefore she has less experience about how the world works. His rebellion is as much for future generations as it is for himself; her rebellion is purely incidental to her own desires. In order to achieve an old Buddhist virtue, nothing in excess, the Party is at a constant war. After his arrival, he reveals a diary he had brought from a small store and proceeds to write in it, though he knows that revealing his thoughts in such a manner was likely to get him killed.
Written in , the novel is set in a futuristic totalitarian state referred to as Oceania. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision, which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. Julia and Winston both recognize their different views on life. George Orwell described the provinces of Oceania, Decaying, dingy cities where underfed people shuffled to and fro in leaky shoes, in patched-up nineteenth century houses that smelt always of cabbage and bad lavatories. OBrien and the party were teaching Winston things that were not true and they knew it themselves.
Julia and Winston both recognize their different views on life. Society is kept at having things only to a minimum to create equality while not raising the standard of living. They both had changed because of the system. Orwell portrays him as a individual that begins to lose his sanity due to the constrictions of society. The only purpose for marriage was so party members could have children for the service of the party.