How can I deconstruct the dream where O'Brien claims that they shall meet in a place where there is no darkness?

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Winston believes that the dream is referencing a time and a place where Big Brother's dark and oppressive oversight will no longer exist.  Winston, and the reader, both believe it will be a promised land of sorts or a revolution in which all of Big Brother's manipulation will be exposed for all of the world to see.  A light will shine down and overcome evil.  It's a familiar literary motif.  

Unfortunately, Winston has it all wrong.  The dream is foreshadowing Winston's torture at the hands of O'Brien.  That entire sequence will occur in a place where there is no darkness. . . because a light is always shining down on Winston.  It's part of his torture, and it helps break him back down into a completely compliant party member.  


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