In 1984, what is in Room 101 for everyone? What is in the room for Winston?
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Room 101 is different for everyone. Inside Room 101 is every person's greatest fear and for everyone their greatest fear is very different. O'Brien describes Room 101,
"The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual. It may be burial alive or death by fire, or by drowning, or by impalement, or fifty other deaths. There are cases where it is some quite trivial thing, not even fatal."
For Winston, Room 101 contains the rats. He is terrified of rats. Inside Room 101 O'Brien has a helmet he has fashioned in which there are rats and if certain doors on the helmet open the rats, hungry rats, will be released to gnaw off Winston's face.
The point of Room 101 is to ensure the final stage of reintegration, acceptance.
It is the room where one's secret and deepest fear will be used against them to torture them into acceptance.
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