By F. Thompson
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That a victim should come to love his torturer is part of the process of conversion. It is alsoO'Brien points this out to Winstona refinement on brainwashing techniques as practiced in contemporary totalitarian societies. The conversion must be so total that the victim will thank his tormentors for having converted him and beg to be killed while he is still in a state of grace. And the victim must regard his own death as a benefit, not to himself because it brings a cessation of pain, but to the Party because it is the destruction of an unworthy individual.
They both represent Page 30 distortions of reality that is created within the novel. If one takes the position that ''the Party is right'' and that Oceania should, and will, rule the world, Big Brother becomes God, President, and friend in the great quest for ultimate victory. Conversely, Goldstein becomes the hated worm in the apple of Eden; he is Judas, Satan, and a personal enemy all rolled into one. For those who hate the Party, the roles are reversed. Like so much else in Oceania, anyone who takes either position, from a "goodthinker" like Parsons to a rebel like Winston, then that person is wrong.
These experiences Page 6 formed the basis for his first book, an autobiographical work he called Down and Out in Paris and London, published in 1933. Although he had published some early writing under his real name, this first book used the name George Orwell. He later explained that he took the last name from an English river near which he had once lived and the first name as being typically English. In any case, it was probably a symbolic act signaling his choice of vocation as well as his attitude toward his own country.
1984 (Cliffs notes) by F. Thompson