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He stays mostly non-commital amongst the others in the canteen
He writes the forbidden diary out of sight of Big Brother
He responds to Julia‘s advances
He is out of his depth with O‘Brien
He offers love and his thoughts to Julia
He is helpless in the face of torture
He denies Julia and breaks absolutely in the end
Winston‘s Character (3) He reveals his thoughts at significant moments: : [Winston writes in his forbidden diary] Winston Smith : If there is hope, it lies in the proles. If they could become conscious of their own strength, they would have no need to conspire. History does not matter to them. Winston Smith : [reciting poem] Under the spreading chestnut tree / I sold you / You sold me.
Winston‘s Character (4) He gets the reactions of others: From Julia: Winston Smith : Look, I hate purity. Hate goodness. I don't want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone corrupt. Julia : Well, I ought to suit you, then. I'm corrupt to the core. Winston Smith : Do you like doing this? I don't mean just me... Julia : I adore it. From O‘Brien: O'Brien : What are your feelings towards Big Brother? Winston Smith : I hate him. O'Brien : You must love him. It is not enough to obey him. You must love him
Peace stolen from the flux When apparently alone with Julia, he experiences moments of peace stolen from the chaos around him
Reflective, non-commital and basically passive He listens, he observes and understands a lot but he keeps it to himself until he meets Julia the active yet eventually destructive catalyst in his life ..
Winston plays chess with the system The symbolism is visually clear as is his later denunciation of his own actions
Co-operative He effectively co-operates in his own brainwashing and destruction when captured and tortured by O‘Brien
Desire for a fellow-spirit His desire to be understood, loved and find a companion who thinks as he does together with his wish to be recognized somewhereleads him to accept O‘Brien too readily at face value.
Self-doubting In such a crazy, crazed world self-doubts become normal. There are few orientation points. Only Julia and the proles provide any.