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George Orwells 1984 evokes a powerful contrast of repulsion and pity in his readers in order to convey the true corruption of the totalitarian government Throughout Winstons experience at the Ministry of Love the author exposes the readers to the darkest aspects of human nature His descriptions of the thought criminals behaviour in response to the torture imposed by the Ministry are so despicable that the readers first feel disappointed and then even ashamed to be a member of same race These strong emotions are manipulated to create a powerful contrast between the readers repulsion and the heart-wrenching pity they experiences at the end of the novel By subtly compelling the readers to conclude that the most sickening elements of man are still better than the inhuman shell that Winston later becomes Orwell successfully insinuates the extent of the Partys debasement This contrast is set up with the readers appalled reaction to the description of a lady at the Ministry The woman hoisted herself upright and followed them out with a yell of F------ bastards Then noticing that she was sitting on something uneven she slid off Winstons knees onto the bench Beg pardon dearie they dono ow to treat a lady do they She paused patted herself on the breast and belched Pardon she said I aint meself quite She leant forward and vomited copiously on the floor Thass better she said breathing beer and vomit into his face Wass your name dearie Smith Why I might be your mother The womans rude and inarticulate speech immediately suggests that she belongs to a lower class and thus evokes disdain from the readers To amplify their feelings of distaste the author uses the womans belch and vomit to disgust to the readers sense of sound and smell Because they are so repulsed by the womans atrocious mannerism the revelation that she may be Winstons mother comes as a harsh and unexpected shock The
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