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There is a reoccurring theme in the novel 1984 by George Orwell The main character Winston Smith is often fantasizing about his utopia and dreaming about past events In a world where everyone is controlled and everything is decided for you Winston relies on his subconscious mind to maintain his sanityWinston works rewriting the past in a department for the Party His memories of the past are usually the opposite of the Partys version of the past Winston is very confused about whether or not he is losing his mind His dreams reveal the reality of the Party and the truth of the past enabling him to trust his own instinct of what is right and wrong keeping it clear in his mind what the past was really like In one dream Winston envisioned his mother and his baby sister sinking into a well or lowering off the side of a ship - he wasnt quite sure He felt as if they were being sucked towards death He knew they were sacrificing their lives for his own Winston realizes that his mothers death nearly 30 years ago had been tragic and sorrowful in a way that was no longer possible Orwell 28 He believed that the feelings of tragedy privacy love and friendship were things of past times The memory of his mothers death saddened him because he knew that she had died loving him all the while he was too young and selfish to love her back The loyalty his mother had for him does not exist in 1984 There is only fear and hatred and pain Winston had another dream of the disappearance of his mother He remembered a time of chaos and depression when he was about 10 or 12 years old His father had disappeared sometime earlier Food was scarce but his mother did what she could to comfort her children Winston was always hungry and that drove him to steal
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