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Summary Chapter VIThat evening Winston records in his diary his memory of his last sexual encounter which was with a prole prostitute He thinks about the Partys hatred of sex and decides that their goal is to remove pleasure from the sexual act so that it becomes merely a duty to the Party a way of producing new Party members Winstons former wife Katherine hated sex and as soon as they realized they would never have children they separatedWinston desperately wants to have an enjoyable sexual affair which he sees as the ultimate act of rebellion In his diary he writes that the prole prostitute was old and ugly but that he went through with the sex act anyway He realizes that recording the act in his diary hasnt alleviated his anger depression or rebellion He still longs to shout profanities at the top of his voiceAnalysis Chapters IVVIWinstons life at work in the sprawling Ministry of Truth illustrates the world of the Party in operationcalculated propaganda altered records revised historyand demonstrates the effects of such deleterious mechanisms on Winstons mind The idea of doublethinkexplained in Chapter III as the ability to believe and disbelieve simultaneously in the same idea or to believe in two contradictory ideas simultaneouslyprovides the psychological key to the Partys control of the past Doublethink allows the citizens under Party control to accept slogans like War is peace and Freedom is slavery and enables the workers at the Ministry of Truth to believe in the false versions of the records that they themselves have altered With the belief of the workers the records become functionally true Winston struggles under the weight of this oppressive machinery and yearns to be able to trust his own memoryAccompanying the psychological aspect of the Partys oppression is the physical aspect Winston realizes that his own nervous system has become his archenemy The condition of being constantly monitored and having to repress every feeling and instinct
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