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In "1984", why does O'Brien say prisoners are brought to the Ministry of Love?

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Posted March 29, 2009 at 12:21 AM via web

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In "1984", why does O'Brien say prisoners are brought to the Ministry of Love?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM (Answer #1)

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In George Orwell's "1984" Winston has been captured by the Thought Police and is being questioned by O'Brien.  Winston is strapped down to a table and is being shocked with electric current.  At one point O'Brien tells Winston that people are not brought to the Ministry of Love to confess or to be punished.  He tells Winston that people are brought to the Ministry to be "Cured."  He tells Winston that he is insane and must be cured of that insanity.  He also tells Winston that he does not exist.

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