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Although the Ministry of Love uses torture to interrogate prisoners and induce confessions, Winston's actual crimes are far less important than the independent thinking that led to his dissent. In order to stamp out all thoughts and beliefs that contradict the government's rewriting of history and current events, the Ministry of Love uses drugs and various mind control devices that cause Winston pain when he adhers to his beliefs and give relief when he submits to authority. In the end, Winston is conditioned to believe that the truth is a lie and that the government's fiction is the truth, so he no longer has any reason to rebel.
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