In the novel 1984, how does Winston act in the beginning of the story from the first event to the end? How does Winston feel?

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When the novel begins, Winston Smith is working at the Ministry of Truth. It's his job to rewrite history in order to follow the Party's policies. He's sincere in trying to find his own identity in his quest of a personal rebellion. He begins to search for a meaningful existence. This is why he keeps a diary to record his private thoughts and feelings, even though he's likely to get caught by the Thought Police. Challenging another part of the established system, Winston rents a room to use as a love nest with Julia, a co-worker, who shares Winston's desire for contact with another human being. This is risky and has no chance of success. O'Brien deceptively makes friends with Winston and Julia, getting them to confess their crimes against the state. Winston is captured and tortured, trying to continue his challenge to authority, but he's unable to maintain his defiance. Winston respects O'Brien, enjoying their battle of intellect, ideas, and wills. Winston is fascinated with O'Brien, and he seems happy to finally be able to confront O'Brien. He accepts his own death after he's reprogrammed, and he sees his death as a sacrifice for the Party.