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When reading a piece of literature one can most always see recurring themes ideas characters and underlying messages We see literary work as a diverse collection of thoughts and ideas but if something we see as dynamic is really a clichd story how dynamic is our literature When looking objectively at literature you can break it into a few different recurring themes One of the most common themes occurs when an individual character is pitted against the masses The person dares to think or feel differently and they are persecuted for it We all feel this way at times therefore we can relate to the character with ease The reader becomes completely absorbed in the character and their way of thinking at which point they feel a deeper understanding of their reasoning This makes the theme not merely the protagonist vs society but the reader vs society When we feel strongly about something we get more immersed As we delve into the book we feel a powerful bond with the key players The reader is the protagonists only support - or so it seems Obviously this is one of the reasons this literary device is so powerful it makes it personal More intimate I cannot think of a better example of this than the character of Winston from George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four Winston Smith is a superb and extreme example of the Individual Vs Society theme He starts as just another member of the downtrodden mass in Oceania a world where disinformation and propaganda are commonplace All of those surrounding Winston think a certain way - the way they have been told to think Nobody doubts the authoritarian regime represented by figurehead Big Brother Plastered throughout this desolate world are slogans such as IGNORANCE IS BLISS FREEDOM IS SLAVERY and WAR IS PEACE The people accept this as the truth They know nothing else From birth to death their being is made up
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