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Through chilling glimpses of a future that could have been and bleak outlooks at life George Orwell conveys a message of warning and of hope for all the people of the world 1984 is a perfect example of a negative look at society It serves as not only a warning to what the future may become but also as a constant reminder that everything is relative and when one is left with no comparisons any situation can seem normal If you want a picture of the future imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever The protagonist in the story is a man by the name of Winston Smith Starting with his name it is clear the author planned his character out to the last detail Take the last name Smith for example which is one of the most popular last names in America this allows the reader to relate more to the character In addition if you look at his first name Winston you would notice that it happens to be the name of a key person from Orwells time Winston Churchill When combined with his last name the readers are left with the impression of a sort of hero with a vague relation to themselves Winston is a sad man in that he takes things as they come and does not extract joy or excitement out of any situation His personality for lack of a better term is boring Everything is plain and ordinary to him However deep inside of him is a virtue that shines through as the novel progresses and that is his human instinct to want to know the truth and to rise up and live better It is almost heroic how he silently stands for what he believes in and knowing the consequences of going against The Party were severe he still pushed forward Physically Winston is about average compared to the others in the
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