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George Orwells novel 1984 explores intimate human relationships in a bleak futuristic society as experienced by protagonist Winston Smith Since there are few bonds stronger than those developed from loving relationships among family friends and lovers the only entity acceptable to love in Oceania is the face of the Party Big Brother This restriction is necessary to achieving complete power and control over its citizens as the Party must dissolve all loyalties derived through love sex and family and redirect them upon itself By destroying trust the Party has cut the links between child and parent and between man and man and between man and woman220 To train the citizens of Oceania for complete submission and devotion to Big Brother and the Party the family bond has been completely devalued as No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer220 The Junior Spies are an organization in which children have become the police and denouncers of their parents in the name of Big Brother By this means the Party has managed to wedge itself between one of the most powerful instinctual bonds to turn parental devotion into fear and children into faithful machines of the Party as an extension of the Thought Police Parsons remark In fact Im proud of her It shows I brought her up in the right spirit anyway193 in response to his daughters betrayal clearly portrays the Partys influence in the family institution Not only does the daughter value the Partys approval more than her fathers life but also Parsons appropriate response is to be grateful for the betrayal and to those who enforce it The betrayal of the family bond is a common theme in 1984 Orwell illustrates how weak that loyalty has become with the skull-faced mans desperate begging to watch his wife and childrens throats be slit as an alternative to the Ministry of Loves room 101 with a complete lack
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