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by George Orwell

1984 Book 3, Chapter 4 Summary

  • After weeks or maybe months, the torture eases. Winston grows fatter and stronger.
  • Voluntarily, Winston tries to make himself believe in Party slogans, and writes them down. He tries to learn to be stupid.
  • One night, he screams out Julia’s name in the middle of a nightmare. Guards come for him, and he realizes that he has a new goal: to die hating the Party. Now that would be a personal victory. To die hating the Party would be freedom attained.
  • Winston faces O’Brien, and tells him he hates Big Brother. O’Brien replies that the time has come for Winston to go to Room 101, because now he must not only obey, but love Big Brother.

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