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In the course of Book 2, Chapter 5 of George Orwell's 1984, how and why does Winston change?

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In Book Two, chapter five, Winston Smith is falling in love with Julia and beginning to enjoy life for the first time. Winston and Julia begin spending more time together in Charrington's apartment and Winston's health is dramatically improving. He gives up drinking, his varicose ulcer stops bothering him, and he no longer experiences coughing fits in the morning. Orwell describes Winston's enhanced mindset and spirit by writing,

"The process of life had ceased to be intolerable, he [Winston] had no longer any impulse to make faces at the telescreen or shout curses at the top of his voice. Now that they had a secure hiding-place, almost a home, it did not even seem a hardship that they could only meet infrequently and for a couple of hours at a time" (189).

Winston's healthier existence is directly linked to his flourishing relationship with Julia and increased privacy above Charrington's antique shop. Winston continually compares Charrington's apartment to a private sanctuary, where he lies...

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