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In "1984", what is the significance of the wine which O'Brien serves Winston and Julia?

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laurennnnn | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM via web

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In "1984", what is the significance of the wine which O'Brien serves Winston and Julia?

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danylyshen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 9:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The primary significance of the wine which O'Brien serves Winston and julia is that it is contraband and only available to inner party members. No one in Oceania would be privvy to drinking wine unless it was illegally procured. Wine might also hold some distant link to the wine used at religious events. O'Brien could be seen as a "high-priest" in that regard.

The final significance of the wine is that they use it to toast Emmanuel Goldstein, the enemy of the party.

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