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What does the coral paperweight symbolize in part 2, chapter 4 of "1984"?

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lexogirl0322 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 23, 2009 at 8:55 AM via web

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What does the coral paperweight symbolize in part 2, chapter 4 of "1984"?

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dkalloch | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Unlike the unsafe and unsecure world that the members of the Party live in, the coral paperweight symbolizes a beautiful, safe and secure environment.

Winston longs for a safe haven to live in, similar to the glass dome in which the piece of coral is encased.  A place where he can be free to love Julia. This is why he chooses to let the room above the store.  It symbolizes the safe haven of a glass dome paperweight where he can care for and protect Julia and they can be free.  Julia is like the beautiful piece of coral. In his room, he can protect her like the piece of coral in its glass enclosure.

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM (Answer #2)

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I think it also symbolizes something that has no value except for its beauty.  The search for or involvement with the beautiful but useless places emphasis on the individual and his/her appreciation of the beautiful.  But individuality in their world is the enemy ... they call it ownlife which is the tendency toward the solitary, the individual ... the subversive.  The callousness with which it is destroyed indicates how successful the society has become in squashing individuality.

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jenny-bby | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM (Answer #3)

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its also a link into the past. It's completly useless but for winston just having something that is from the past is a rush to him

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parama9000 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM (Answer #4)

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The coral paperweight is somewhat one of its kind, which shows that individualism does not exist in Winston's world. Also it portrays how Winston wants to protect a precious but fragile Julia.

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