The Year of the Rat: Images of Betrayal in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

by Besenski, Seth Andrew

Abstract (Summary)
An examination of the image of the rat in Nineteen Eighty-Four, with a focus on how the rat becomes a metaphor for Winston. Further, an examination of how Winston's rat-like behaviour has affected his early family life and how such behaviour has continued to affect Winston. Families in the novel are examined with a view to understanding Winston's relation to the betrayal exemplified by these families, and finally as a way of understanding the true nature of Julia's betrayal of Winston in the Ministry of Love.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Matheson, Terry

School:University of Saskatchewan

School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:family imagery betrayal orwell rats


Date of Publication:01/04/2008

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