I started reading 1984 in December 2016, but I could not finish reading in until February 2017, I had some adulting to do so =))… anyway I eventually finished reading it and my God, how the book spoke to me.
Winston Smith is a normal human like you, he wanted to live, fall in love, feel, and not live a routine life of admiring the Big Brother all his like, he wanted to be able to make choices without fear of being watched or monitored by anybody etc. he had so much hope, but he was just one person against the collective strength of Big Brother.
On a broader note, I in so many instances felt like the book was speaking to me about the present world/society/community we live in. At first I felt like this is just like it happens in countries like China and Russia, Saudi Arabia etc. but as I kept on reading I realised that the concept of Big Brother is not limited to countries where Human Rights and Free Speech are not allowed, even in countries with booming Democracy we still have cases of government spying on it citizens and also shutting such citizens down when they say things that may go against the agenda of the government… even America the poster child for democracy and “right to privacy” spies on its citizens.
I felt sad that the love between Winston and Julia had to be destroyed because Big Brother is the only thing to be loved in Oceania…For a moment I was also sold that O’Brien was part of a resistance against Big Brother but alas, just like Winston I was wrong in thinking he could not have been playing Winston all along, but immediately Winston and Julia were caught and taken to the “Ministry of Love” to be tortured and punished; I finally realised that O’Brien elaborately played Winston all along.
My best quote (which I am paraphrasing below by the way) in the book was: Continue reading