Winston Smith, who lives in Oceania, works for the Ministry of Truth, that works for the higher power Big Brother. Big Brother is a party that seems to like to flip things in history and say what's not true, and even changes the language to stuff that doesn't make a lot of sense at all. Winston always questioned the intentions of Big Brother and wonders why they do what they do. Winston illegally purchases a diary just to put all of this negative thoughts towards Big Brother into. In Oceania, it's the most illegal crime to have negative thoughts towards Big Brother. Later in the story, Winston meets Julia, who also doesn't like BB. They do much things that are illegal. Eventually, they get arrested for their actions when O'Brien goes undercover just to catch them. Winston is tortured with his biggest fear, rats, for his actions. He gets tortured to the point where he learns to love and accept BB. What makes all of this important is knowing that if all of the power of the electorate got together, there is a possibility that a higher power can be stopped. Unfortunately, in this situation it was not.