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In 1984, what crime does the main character commit, how does he do it and what is the...

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Posted December 8, 2010 at 3:48 AM via web

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In 1984, what crime does the main character commit, how does he do it and what is the punishment?

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted December 15, 2010 at 1:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Simply put, Winston commits thoughtcrime.  More importantly, he knows he is committing thoughtcrime by a variety of actions such as writing in a diary, carrying on in an affair with Julia, seeking out the brotherhood and visiting the prole neighborhood.  The sad part is, Winston cannot get away with this at all.  The telescreens and thought police are too invasive, so it is only a matter of time before he and Julia are caught and imprisoned in the Ministry of Love, where they, ironically are tortured.

The punishment alternates between physical torture, where Winston is beaten, starved and given electric shocks, and emotional torture, where Winston is forced to endure his greatest fear, believe in the party's doctrines, and even betray Julia.

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