In 1984, what is significant in the descriptions of Victory Gin and Victory Cigarettes?
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Both products of the Victory brand have ironies that make them significant. First, there is nothing victorious in drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco. Both can kill if taken in excess. Both numb and desensitize so that the senses in the body aren't working to maximum capacity.
Secondly, each of these products are terrible in taste. The gin is described as bitter and as if it is difficult for Winston to choke down. The same is true with the cigarettes. Neither of these are consumed for their affect on taste buds. Their singular purpose is to prevent hunger so that the people can make it between their rationed meals.
The gin is even so crappy, it's synthesized!
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