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What is the significance of the “Golden Country” and why is it important to Winston?

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annabirk | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 13, 2007 at 12:50 AM via web

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What is the significance of the “Golden Country” and why is it important to Winston?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 13, 2007 at 2:41 AM (Answer #1)

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The Golden Country is the land of freedom; it represents the hope of mankind.  The Golden Country is the opposite of the world in which Winston Smith lives where no one is free to even think for himself.  On a more literal level in the story, the Golden Country is the land that Winston has dreams about and it is where he and Julia make love for the first time.  This is one reason the Golden Country is important to Winston.  The main reason it is important though, is that the place represents the possibility of freedom to Winston.  If he can believe in it, then he can believe that he could have a better life and that there is a world in which one can live and think as he likes.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM (Answer #2)

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The Golden Country is where Julia and Winston first make love.  It is where Winston feels free, where there is the possibility of being open and the opportunity to  reveal one's individualism. 

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