Is there some hope that the “proles” will develop a political consciousness and rise against the Party? Why does the Party largely ignore them?
Although the proles constitute nearly 85 percent of Oceania’s population, they have not been able to mount a significant rebellion against the Party. This is not only because proletarian neighborhoods are closely monitored but also because the proles seem to lack the ability to organize a sustained, coherent rebellion. Winston, who believes that the proles lack political consciousness, observes that their resistance only ever amounts to brief bouts of anger toward the Party. Despite this, Winston does believe that the proletarian way of life offers more room for subversive action in everyday life. Though these acts may not necessarily amount to ma