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Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:22 AM via web

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Why does Winston feel that the man sitting next to him in the cafeteria is "not a real human but some kind of dummy?

This is in chapter five pg 48

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henryscholar | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted September 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM (Answer #1)

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Winston Smith’s observation – that the man sitting near him “was not a real human being but some kind of dummy” – takes place during lunch in the canteen of the Ministry of Truth. Winston has just finished listening to a lecture on the destruction of words from the Newspeak expert Syme. The ‘anti-philologist’ – literally a ‘hater of words’ – ends his paean to the linguistic narrowing of thought with the remark that “[political] Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness”. The Party man sitting near Winston, loudly parroting the principles of Ingsoc, eyeless because the light is reflecting off his spectacles, is a kind of convenient model for Syme’s stated end of political orthodoxy.   

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