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The “Dark Power of Destiny” in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four


Applying a Lacanian approach to Orwell’s narrative strategies in Nineteen Eighty-Four, this essay analyzes the protagonist’s attempt to evade the Symbolic by resurrecting archaic memories of preoedipal union through a repetitive triadic play of signifiers. Engaging Freud and Deleuze, the essay views his masochistic behaviour as a challenge to patriarchy via identification with the feminized position.