When Julia and Whinston meet O'Brien and join the brotherhood, they are ready to do anything and everything as long as it leads to the destruction of the party. The brotherhood is an idea and that is what holds it together. Members of the brotherhood are already dead and their true life is in the future. This ideology also runs in some of the so-called terrorist organizations of today who perhaps view the free world the same as the party in Oceania and they follow some of the same principles as those of the brotherhood.
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They are willing to do anything EXCEPT not be together anymore. There is no true evidence that the brotherhood even exists. The book is written by O'Brien. No one has ever physically seen Goldstein.
Either way, it's a scary situation in which to be, and I'm sure I would not survive as a spy. Talk about needing antacids! Phew! The stress....I couldn't take it. :)
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