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eddylily | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2009 at 11:56 AM via web

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Some critics see a significance in the words the song that the woman outside singing. What do you think? chapter 4 book 2

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM (Answer #1)

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It makes sense to me that you would say that the song the woman sings as she hangs up the laundry has significance.  I think that the overall message of her song is similar to the message of the book, even if Orwell says that the song was made up by a machine.

The song is full of sentiment and memory and love.  And, in a way, that is what Winston is looking for.  He wants to have real memories instead of fake ones like the ones he writes at work.  He wants, in a way, to have love (and note that the woman sings this as Winston and Julia are meeting to make love).

So, the words of the song seem to me to reflect what Winston is trying to get out of life.

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