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danielb77 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM via web

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What is the true purpose of torture at the Ministry of Love in George Orwell's 1984? Refer to specific details from the novel.

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choucksolace | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM (Answer #1)

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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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