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Winston's fascination with the past. Discuss the significance of Winston's fascination with the past and what are its implications in a totalitarian regime.  

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His fascination with the past is "bad" for two reasons.  First, it implies that he wishes things were still like they used to be before the totalitarian regime came to power.  That is not what the Party would want.  Second, it implies that he is trying to have his own memories of the past.  This, too, is not what the Party wants.  So his fascination with the past is likely to get him in trouble with the totalitarian regime.

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