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When they visit O'Brien, what does he tell them about the Brotherhood?

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eno18 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM via web

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When they visit O'Brien, what does he tell them about the Brotherhood?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM (Answer #1)

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In Part 2, Chapter 8, Julia and Winston go to visit O'Brien to learn more about the Brotherhood.  They are finally going to actually do something to oppose the Party.

At O'Brien's apartment, they are told many things about the Brotherhood so I am not really sure which thing you are asking about.

I think that the two most important things are these.  First, they are told that the Brotherhood exists and that Goldstein is its leader.  Second, they are told that the group is not really as they might imagine it.  It is not some big organization where all the members can know one another and act together.  Instead, it is very shadowy and no one really knows who else is in it.  It is pretty much a hopeless thing because there is no one to support a member and the members are all going to get caught and killed.

So they learn that the Brotherhood exists but that it is a pretty suicidal thing to join.

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