Humans have endlessly been involved in power struggles. Some people struggle to gain power, while others struggle to free themselves from the power of others. Both can be a difficult task, especially if one lives in a totalitarian society. In George Orwell’s 1984, the protagonist, Winston Smith, lives in a society in which a socialist party is in power. He struggles to free himself from the power of this regime. The conflict against society that Winston faces demonstrates that totalitarian societies are dangerous, which enhances the overall meaning of the work. Winston Smith is very different from most of the characters in 1984 in the way he wants to rebel against Big Brother and its regime. He may seem like an ordinary man in the beginning of the novel, but as it unfolds, it is apparent that he isn’t. The audience quickly learns that he is a man that wants to escape the power of the oppressive government. He goes to work and returns to his flat in Victory Mansions to drink “Victory Gin” and smoke “Victory Cigarettes.” He bought a diary from a shop in the streets of London to have a safe place to keep his thoughts and feelings. He saw a girl at work that he wants to be with. As the novel progresses, it is evident that Winston is not an average man. Some of the things he does, such as writing in a diary and having sexual desires towards other women, is not allowed in the totalitarian society he lives in. Winston does all of these things, even though they’re against the rules of the party, because it is to blame for the disappearance of his mother and sister when he was a child. He also hates the Party because he is unable to experience a relationship with Julia, which is exactly why he later has one with her. All of the things that Winston dislikes and is angered by builds up inside of him, causing him to engage in acts that go against Big Brother.Winston Smith was able to rebel against the totalitarian government by doing many things that weren’t allowed. For example, Winston and other citizens are constantly being watched through the telescreens in their homes. People are not allowed to write down their thoughts and feelings because it was a form of self-expression, which would prevent the government from maintaining control of its people. If Winston was caught doing this, he was certain that he “would be punished by death, or at least by twenty-five years in a forced-labor camp.” In response to this, he sat in the little alcove in his flat to write so he was “able to remain outside the range of the telescreen.” This was Winston’s first act of rebellion. It may seem small, but he was taking a big risk by doing this. Winston, at the Two Minutes Hate, saw a dark-haired girl that he hated because he wasn’t allowed to be with her. He had “vivid, beautiful hallucinations” about her, but he wasn’t allowed to. She was a part of the Anti-Sex League and wore a scarlet sash. Sexual desires weren’t allowed, and people were only allowed to have sex to reproduce. Winston finally found out that Julia, the girl, liked him back after she gave him a slip of paper directly in front of a telescreen. They had to sneak around to meet each other in isolated locations and take different paths. Whenever he wanted to meet Julia, they could see each other “only in the streets, in a different place every evening.” The two of them rented a “shabby little room above Mr. Charrington’s shop” so they could be alone. The room almost became his own perfect little society. There were no telescreens, or at least that was what he thought. He bought a glass paperweight and left it in the room as a symbol of freedom. Winston had privacy in that room, and approved of everything in it. Being with Julia was Winston’s second act of rebellion. Buying the paperweight and renting the room above Mr. Charrington’s shop was his third. Winston’s most rebellious action was meeting up with O’Brien, a member of the Inner Party, and reading the book of Emmanuel Goldstein, the leader of the Brotherhood. Winston knew that he would soon have an interaction with O’Brien because he had a dream in which he said, “we shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” They eventually meet up in O’Brien’s apartment, where he makes a plan to give the book to Winston. Because O’Brien is a member of the Inner Party, he is able to turn off the telescreen, so what he says doesn’t leave the room. However, that doesn’t matter because he isn’t a member of the Brotherhood, like Winston believed him to be. Winston admits to O’Brien that he is prepared “to commit murder,” “acts of sabotage,” and “betray his country to foreign powers.” He admits that he is willing to do anything he has to in order to rebel against the Party directly to someone who is completely against him. A few day pass, and Winston receives the book. He begins to read it with Julia, which his biggest act of rebellion, in their rented room, where the two of them are caught by an “iron voice” from a telescreen behind a picture. After this, Winston and Julia are caught by the Party and subjected to torture for their rebellious actions, such as attempting to join the Brotherhood. Winston’s acts of rebellion and struggle to free himself from the power of Big Brother are important in showing that a totalitarian society is very dangerous. Orwell shows the lengths that people will go in order to maintain their power. In this society, people are “vaporized,” or sent to labor camps for any crime they commit, no matter how small it may be. The Party would resort to and is willing to murder thousands of people if it felt the need to. They often launch rocket bombs that destroy towns and blame it on the war that has been going on. The goal of the Ministry of Truth is to change all records of the past. No one knows what is right and what is wrong, and not many people are courageous enough to question it. Any act of individuality results in punishment. Self-expression and free thought are not allowed because it takes power away from the government, which wouldn’t be able to control its citizens. Winston’s struggle illustrates what a person has to endure in a totalitarian society. After he was caught, Winston faced torture and was starved. He looked in the mirror and saw his “bowed, gray-colored, skeletonlike” body and was frightened by his own appearance. Before he was caught, he wasn’t even allowed to be himself. Winston had to be the same, boring person everyone else was. He was unhappy and wanted to be a catalyst for change. Regimes like this don’t care about its citizens. It only cares about taking over and maintaining power. People aren’t even treated as people, and they are often too scared to bring about change in a society like this. Winston was strong enough to try and fight for what he believed in, no matter how dangerous it was. Power struggles are common throughout both history and literature. It is a challenge to both gain power or try to escape one’s power. Winston Smith, in George Orwell’s 1984, displays just how hard it can be to free oneself from the power of others, even though he was unsuccessful. Orwell’s novel and Winston’s power struggle also illustrate the danger of both living in and rebelling against a controlling and oppressive society.