“If there was hope, it MUST lie in the proles, because only there in those swarming disregarded masses, 85 per cent of the population of Oceania, could use the force to destroy the Party ever be generated.” Winston thought that the proles were the only individuals capable of defeating the Party. Their vast number of members, their physical capacity, and the loyalty that best characterizes these outsiders were some of their attributes to overthrow the totalitarian regime.
In my opinion, George Orwell is trying to implant the idea that all of us, even the ones that may seem insignificant in everyday life, have a purpose in life. The proles, which are considered the lower class of society, are the ones who can revolutionize Oceania with their ambitions and desires. It works the same way in our nowadays society. Since many of our leaders seem to ignore the poor in order to benefit themselves, they instantly neglect the idea that the poor can change the nation by granting the government a new hope of living.
Taking in account that in most countries the ‘proles’ make up the greater percentage of the country’s population, George Orwell is trying to inspire these ‘society’s foreigners’ and make them realize that it is through their determination and heart that they can defeat the injustices of the government. The poor, as insignificant as society labels them, can change the course of the nation. Due to the fact that this is the class that mostly endures the tribulations and hardships of society, is that they contain the hope of a new way of living.
Written by: Ernesto Ponce