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In 1984, what is in Room 101 for everyone, including Winston?

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vyvi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2008 at 2:54 AM via web

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In 1984, what is in Room 101 for everyone, including Winston?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 18, 2008 at 3:15 AM (Answer #1)

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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.


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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:49 PM (Answer #2)

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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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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 2:24 AM (Answer #3)

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Room 101 holds the person's worst fears, its basically a torture chamber for people who are going against big brother or have been caught in thought crime, etc.. 

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