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1984 is about life in a world where no personal freedoms exist Winston the main character is a man of 39 whom is not extraordinary in either intelligence or character but is disgusted with the world he lives in He works in the Ministry of Truth a place where history and the truth is rewritten to fit the partys beliefs Winston is aware of the untruths because he makes them true This makes him very upset with the government of Oceania where Big Brother a larger than life figure controls the people His dissatisfaction increases to a point where he rebels against the government in small ways Winstons first act of rebellion is buying and writing in a diary This act is known as a thought crime and is punishable by death A thought crime is any bad thought against the government of Oceania Winston commits many thought crimes and becomes paranoid about being caught which he knows is inevitable Greenblast 113 He becomes paranoid because a young woman who is actively involved in many community groups follows him Winston is obsessed with the past a time before Oceania was under strict dictatorship He goes into an antique shop and buys a shell covered in glass which is another crime punishable by death He sees the same woman following him Many thoughts race through his mind I wanted to rape you and then murder you afterwards Two weeks ago I thought seriously of smashing your head in with a cobblestone If you really want to know I imagined that you had something to do with the Thought Police Orwell 101 The girl who was following him slipped him a note while at work The note said I love youOrwell 90 They make plans to meet each other and carry on an illegal love affair This love affair is another rebellion against the government It goes on for some time Winston rents a room where he
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