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In "1984", what are examples of Winston's thoughtcrime?

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Posted March 8, 2009 at 4:03 AM via web

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In "1984", what are examples of Winston's thoughtcrime?

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 8, 2009 at 6:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Most of Winston's thoughts are thoughtcrimes.  His entire relationship with Julia is a crime because he is indulging in a relationship that is not in keeping with the state's idea of the purpose of sex and indulging in the crime of having his "ownlife."  Orwell makes it clear when he tells us that "Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act."  Winston also insists that 2 + 2 = 4.  He claims that no matter what the party says, this will always be true; believing that there is a truth outside the party is an example of thought crime.  Collecting the little shell from Charrington is another thought crime because it values something from the past.  And his biggest thoughtcrime is obtaining a copy of and reading the test of "The Theory of Oligarcic Collectivism."  This text, created by the inner party, is an attack on everything the Party stands for.  It has no practical value, but does offer the Party a way to single out the most rebellious in the population.

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