Boredom Be Gone: Lesson 23- 1984 (the novel):The End
Study Guide, Book 3, Chapters 3-6
Chapters 3 and 4
1. O’Brien says that the three stages of Winston’s reintegration are learning, understanding, and acceptance.
2. O’Brien and company wrote Goldstein‘s book. Although some of it is true, the suggestion that the proletariat would rebel is not.
3. The Soviet communists did not admit to their motive, which was seizing power for its own sake. The Inner Party wants only that.
4. “Freedom is slavery” means that not following the Inner Party is not in the best interests of the individual.
5. Oceana differs from traditional Utopias in that it is founded on hatred..
6. O’Brien disproves the idea that Winston is morally superior by saying that Winston is the “last man” and then demanding that he undress.
7. At the end of chapter 3, Winston recognizes the fact that he has not stopped loving Julia.
8. Winston’s final question to O’Brien is, “When will they shoot me?”
9. Winston spends his time In a more comfortable cell, has baths, has his ulcer attended to, and is given good food and cigarettes. He also is allowed to exercise, and his dreams become happy.
10. Winston shows that he’s not totally loyal to Big Brother by stating that he’ll die hating him.
Chapters 5 and 6
1. Rats are set loose. (Winston is terrified of rats.)
2. The setting is the chestnut tree bar, where Winston sits playing chess and drinking gin.
3. Winston’s relationship with Julia has changed from love to contempt and dislike.
4. Winston has become an alcoholic, and no one cares about him anymore.
5. The Inner Party has “won”. (They have, in effect, taken over Winston’s soul, I.e. the “bullet in the head.”)
Something to ponder: This book was first published in 1949. Are you able to identify any of the dystopian features mentioned as present in today’s world?
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