The Concept of Home: Settings and Belonging in 1984 12th Grade

1984 is a novel written by George Orwell in 1948 which presents a dystopian totalitarian society to convey Orwell’s warnings of the consequences that would come if the world supported and embraced communism. Home is important as it has values and connections between the physical space, in family, and in community and it symbolizes warmth and peace. The motive of Home in 1948 can be interpreted in many different ways. Home can be described as a physical area which is interpreted as space and place. In 1984 this can be portrayed as two different aspects: the fixed “victory mansions” where Winston and the inner party members stayed, and the society and the party itself as an exposed home. Home can be interpreted as a sentimental home where Winston feels back home. Finally home can be also presented as an emotional home. Orwell, through Winston’s affair with Julie, presents how emotions can create a feeling of being home. In 1984, Winston, in the beginning of the novel, conveys his grief for the past with his family by displaying a dreamy scenery and a nostalgic atmosphere. George Orwell by presenting the three forms of home also creates a sense of absence of ‘home’ and links it with the society, such as the totalitarian government...

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