what is the symbolic significance of Winston's dreams in the novel 1984?
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Winston's dreams are indicative of his inner, even repressed, thoughts and feelings. They represent parts of his character that he may not want to show others, or even himself.
First, Winston dreams of his mother, whom he has not seen since he was a child. His last memory was her calling after him as he ran away with his sister's chocolate ration. He never saw her again, but dreams about her. Unfortunately, his dream is not a happy on as rats end up crawling all over her body. This dream symbolizes Winston's guilt at losing his family, his guilt at his own selfishness. It also foreshadows his future torture in the Ministry of Love.
Secondly, Winston dreams of the Golden Country. The Golden Country is an imaginary place associated with hope, the hope of the rebellion's success and the hope of spending his life with Julia. Here, the land is bright, beautiful and sunny - a contrast to the dark, dingy environment in which all citizens life. This symbol of hope shows Winston's belief in success even in the face of obvious adversity.
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