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by George Orwell

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At the end of 1984, what "victory over himself" does Winston realize he has won?

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To understand what Winston means by this phrase, take a look at the line which follows:

He loved Big Brother.

In other words, Winston no longer thinks of rebellion; he is no longer concerned with bringing down the Party. His experiences in the Ministry of Love, particularly in Room 101, have successfully moulded him into an obedient Party member. His sense of individualism and his desire for free thought—themes which dominated the previous chapters of the novel—have disappeared. 

This is, perhaps, not the ending that the reader might have expected, but it is significant because it demonstrates the power of Big Brother and, more importantly, how...

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He no longer possess his individuality and is now completely devoted and loyal to Big Brother.