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What does Winston see and hear under the window while in the secret room?

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sole | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2007 at 12:39 AM via web

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What does Winston see and hear under the window while in the secret room?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 2, 2007 at 2:13 AM (Answer #1)

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He sees and hears a prole woman who sings melodies created by the party. This gives Winston a strange sort of hope, as he sees natural human expression, even though all are trapped in a totalitarian society.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 29, 2009 at 2:45 PM (Answer #2)

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Winston sees and hears a solid-looking prole woman from the courtyard who was singing a melody, created weeks before by a versificator from the Music Department by the Party,  as she hangs her laundry on the clothesline to dry. He had written in his secret diary that all hope for the future must come directly from the proles, so this amazing sight that he saw outside the windows gives him a sense of hope and fulfillment  and becomes a symbol of the "hoped-towards-the-future" to Winston and he visualizes that the woman would bear many children that who would one fine day overthrow the totalitarian society, the Party itself and bring about peace and harmony, no more brainwashing and monopolizing and deception to bear any longer.

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