From the start of the book, 1984, Winston seems a lot like Bernard from Brave New World, in that both characters are misfits in their respective books, not satisfied with the society they are in. Winston, before he came home, bought a blank book to write in as a diary. Despite the world in 1984 claiming that there are no “laws”, Winslow’s actions is punishable by death if discovered. He is doing something that could potentially get him killed by the Thought Police. Winslow also hides in a blind spot of a metal plaque so that he could hide what he is doing while writing in his diary. These actions are similar to how Bernard likes to take delight in doing things that, though not punishable by death, is contrary from what he is supposed to do like every other Alpha in the New World, such as doing things by himself, not participating in group sports, and not taking soma when upset.
Another thing that Winston and Bernard has in common is that they share opposing thoughts to the rest of their respective societies. Bernard, in Brave New World, dislikes several things about the New World like how he’s treated poorly compared to others despite he, like many others, being conditioned to believe that everything is great. Winston, in 1984, dislikes Big Brother and the oppressing society he is in where his actions and speech is constantly monitored. During the Two Minute Hate, where everyone was writhing in hate towards a man in the television screen named Goldstein, Winston’s hate turned from him towards Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police. This contrasts everyone else’s feeling around him as everyone booed and hissed at Goldstein and calmed down the moment Big Brother’s face came on screen and even chanted his initials near the end. Winston, however, is unable to resist doing what everyone else was doing and was booing and hissing like everyone else during specific intervals. Even like how Bernard has Helmholtz who seem to share similar opinions, Winston seems to have O’Brien as, during his attendance to the Two Minutes Hate, the moment he caught a glimpse of O’Brien’s eye, he saw that O’Brien shared the same thoughts as him towards Big Brother. Winston’s hatred towards the society he lives in is especially known as during the time Winston was recalling the last Two Minutes Hate, he unconsciously wrote in his book repeatedly “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER”.