"1984" by George Orwell: Chapter Analysis

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George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts a world in which everything is controlled by the government. On the surface, it looks like a perfect society where perfect reality has been achieved. However, taking a closer look at the novel, one begins to realize that Orwell has created a satirical novel of the future towards which the world may be headed. It is an extremely technologically advanced world in which the members of the population have no control; where they are repressed and where their fears are played upon and manipulated. Orwell uses many different techniques to write this satirical work of fiction, which seemingly may not be so fictitious at a second glance. This report will analyze the last three chapters of the novel through a close examination of characters, them, and symbolism.


Book III: Chapter IV

After continuous torture and starvation, Winston is transferred to a more comfortable cell.

He is offered more food and the torture ceases. He begins to dream of Julia, his mother, and O'Brien in the Golden Country. He quickly regains strength and is given more freedom. He learns that the Thought Police has been watching him for over seven years, and came to the conclusion that he was foolish to oppose the Party. He begins to write "FREEDOM IS SLAVERY," "TWO AND TWO MAKE FIVE," and "GOD IS POWER" on a slate that was given to him. One night, Winston suddenly wakes up shouting Julia's name, and realizes that he still hates the Party and Big Brother. Momentarily, O'Brien comes in and takes him to Room 101.

Book III: Chapter V

Winston is told that Room 101 contains "the worst thing in the world." He is then strapped to a chair, and shown his worst nightmare, a cage of rats. O'Brien...