After Winston tells Julia the story about his mother and his dream in 1984, he begins to say, "the real point of the story is...." What was the real point of the story?

The real point of Winston's dream about his mother is that people in modern society no longer possess private loyalties or experience genuine, natural emotional ties. The Party has cultivated a superficial, callous society where citizens are only loyal to Big Brother.

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In book 2, chapter 7, Winston recalls dreaming about his childhood and seeing his mother for the last time. As a selfish adolescent, Winston stole his infant sister's last piece of chocolate and ran out of the house. Moments after stealing his sister's piece of chocolate, Winston recalls seeing his mother move her arm around her daughter in a protective, comforting gesture. Something about his mother's gesture told him that his sister was slowly dying and the only thing his mother could do was to express her unconditional love by holding the child close. Winston recognizes his mother's protective, loving gesture, which he recalls seeing again in a previous dream when she sat at the bottom of a sunken ship holding her daughter.

Julia responds to Winston's dream by calling him a "beastly little swine," and Winston says, "Yes. But the real point of the story—" (Orwell, 207). Although Winston does not finish his sentence, he proceeds to finish his train of thought and recognizes that his mother possessed some kind of "nobility" and "purity" which no longer exists in the modern world. The point of the story is that citizens of Oceania do not possess private loyalties or experience strong emotional ties with other people. Unconditional love does not exist in Oceania, and the Party's primary goal is to persuade individuals that "mere impulses" and strong feelings are wrong. Winston realizes that his mother's meaningful gesture was pure, authentic, and natural. Sadly, only the proles still maintain private loyalties and are capable of expressing genuine feelings of love.

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