Winston SmithWinston Smith
is the protagonist of George Orwell
's 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four
. His name has become a metaphor
for the man in the street, the unwitting and innocent victim of political machination. In the book, Winston is a clerk for the Ministry of Truth, where his job is to rewrite historical documents so that they match the current party line, which changes on a daily basis.
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In the novel, Winston is lured into joining a secret organisation whose aim is to undermine the dictatorship of "Big Brother". He does not realise that he is being set up by government agents. When captured and tortured, he eventually betrays his friends in the underground movement, including the woman he loves.
The character was born in the 1940s, and was probably named for Winston Churchill.
is an artist
who primarily uses the medium of collage
. He is probably best known for the artwork he has produced for American punk rock
group the Dead Kennedys