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Discuss Winston Smiths obsession with the past focusing particularly on his quest for individual self-knowledge Orwell explores and highlights a number of Winston Smiths obsession with the past Orwell particularly focuses on Winstons quest for individual self-knowledge such as the paperweight or his craze with accumulating objects from the Golden country The paperweight fascinates Winston with its elegance There was a peculiar softness as of rain-water in both the colour and the texture of the glass This suggests he has not seen anything so beautiful as this paperweight so it encourages him to pursuit for even more striking objects This may be due to the tedious life he lives This also shows us the party has eliminated anything attractive and anything from the past before Big brother Winston tries to find out additional information about the Brotherhood so he acquires the book When you have read the book you will be full members of the Brotherhood This fascination Winston has with the Brotherhood may be because he wants to investigate the past before the party Winston is risking his life to obtain self-knowledge as he is questioning the Partys authority The rhyme St Clements is used by Winston to compare his knowledge with Julias OBriens and the old mans That was a rhyme we had when I was a little boy Winston uses the rhyme to find out what everyone knows and to gather information about the Party concerning the drastic measures it goes through to eradicate peoples memory This is evident as the old man knows only a few lines but OBrien knows the whole thing This encourages Winstons exploration for knowledge as he begins to wonder more as he receives more information He also uses the rhyme to gather information about who knows Oldspeak because Newspeak has no rhymes This fuels his obsession further The coral inside the paperweight makes Winston desire for it further Thats coral
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