George Orwell. 1984 Book 2; chapters 6 & 7. Victoriya Petrovych. Character Analysis. Winston Smith –
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This is the author’s way of allowing us a glimpse into Winston’s inner thoughts and feelings.
This shows us that Winston has already made his decision, and that he had made the decision to
follow O’Brien’s summons, if they ever came, a long time ago.
I think Orwell meant for this to show the reader Winston’s vulnerability to his emotions through
his actions. Also, I believe that he wanted us to see how Winston reacts to some of the more
traumatic events of his past. We see that Winston not only fears and respects the past, but he is
also heavily susceptible to its influences toward his life.
Orwell lets us hear the character speak. Through this phrase Julia reveals some of her
personal opinions and feelings toward a subject, letting the reader understand her a little bit
This statement lets us see, from her actions that Julia doesn’t really care about the story
Winston was trying to tell her. This is only reinforcing the idea that she doesn’t care about the
Here O’Brien speaks about Syme, who is an unperson. This, to Winston, is a very clear
sign that O’Brien is on his side. He is rebelling against Big Brother by referencing someone who,
by Party standards, does not exist and has never existed. Because of the way Winston perceives
O’Brien’s signal, the reader is led to lean toward O’Brien being a part of the rebellion.
The author of the novel is showing, through his actions that O’Brien is clearly trying to
communicate something to Winston. Orwell is showing something that is completely out of the
norm for Party members. He is showing O’Brien’s deviation from what is socially acceptable at
The reader sees, through Winston’s eyes, how his mother if affected by the leaving of his father.
Through his mother’s actions we see that she is devoid of spirit and hope. It is also stated that
she is waiting for something that is inevitable in coming.
We learn that she is very young, probably two or three, and starving. Winston describes her
to look like a monkey because of how thin she is. We also know that she is very sickly.
This is one of the most obvious examples of foreshadowing in the entire novel. The fact that Winston feels as if he is “stepping into his own grave” foreshadows him literally choosing his own death right then and there when he agreed to accept O’Brien’s address, and when he chose to rebel against the Party. And the fact that he had known that “the grave” was there waiting for him signifies his feelings later in the novel that he always knew what was ahead, he was only loathe to admit it to himself.
1. What was the significance of O’Brien referencing Syme in his conversation with Winston?
2. How and why did Winston compare the movement of his mother’s arm to the movement of the arm of the Jewish woman?
3. Why did Winston feel that the proletarians were human while the Party members weren’t?
4. Why does Winston make the hollow suggestion that he and Julia should walk out of the flat and never seen each other again?
5. Why did Julia and Winston so naively believe that they could never betray each other, even if they got caught?
In this short, yet significant, chapter O’Brien finally makes contact with Winston.
They meet briefly in a hallway in the Ministry of Truth where O’Brien and
Winston engage in a seemingly harmless conversation about the Tenth Edition
of the Newspeak dictionary. However, during their conversation O’Brien
references Syme, an unperson. To make an identifiable reference to an
unperson could have fatal consequences. Winston took this as a
sign that O’Brien was also a part of the rebellion. As if to fortify Winston’s
suspicions, O’Brien gives Winston his address to come pick up the copy of the
dictionary. Winston realizes later that the path he has chosen will ultimately lead
him to his death at the Ministry of Love, but he does not regret making the
decisions that led him down this path.