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How is Winston physically, emotionally, and mentally transformed in 1984?

Winston is physically transformed by seeming to age beyond his years, emotionally transformed by learning to love Big Brother and not care about Julia, and mentally transformed from having rebellious tendencies into becoming a devout conformist in 1984.

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The physical change in Winston follows a different trajectory from his emotional and mental transformation. In the Ministry of Love, he is broken in all three respects, but the physical transformation comes first. When O'Brien commands him to look in the mirror, Winston sees a "bowed, grey-coloured, skeleton-like thing." His hair and teeth are falling out, and he is filthy and decrepit. At this stage, however, he is still in rebellion. He loves Julia and hates Big Brother.

This is Winston's physical nadir. The regeneration of his body begins even before he is sent to Room 101:

He was much better. He was growing fatter and stronger every day, if it was proper to speak of days....They had given him new underclothes and a clean suit of overalls. They had dressed his varicose ulcer with soothing ointment. They had pulled out the remnants of his teeth and given him a new set of dentures.

By the final scene of the book, Winston has more than regained his old color and weight. However, the Party has...

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