What is Winston's attitude toward life in 1984? Does it change?

Winston's initial attitude to life is cautiously rebellious and curious. He becomes less cautious under Julia's influence and is then broken completely by his torture in the Ministry of Love. At the end of the novel, his attitudes are those of an orthodox Party member and slavish devotee of Big Brother.

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In 1984, Winston Smith's attitude toward life changes at least twice. Initially, he is rebellious in an unfocused and clandestine way. He hates Big Brother and the Party, disbelieves in the principles of Ingsoc, and clearly sees what is wrong with the society in which he lives. He has an instinct for survival and ensures that he does not appear too unorthodox, but he has enough intellectual curiosity to try to find out the truth about history.

Winston's attitude changes when he begins his affair with Julia. The relationship makes him happier and more fulfilled, and the companionship of another rebellious soul helps him to believe that his rebellion against the Party might go beyond Thoughtcrime into action. It is with this attitude that he decides to join Goldstein's Brotherhood.

The final adjustment to Winston's attitude comes when he is in the Ministry of Love. This involves breaking his will with torture so that he emerges as a fundamentally different person. When he is captured, he loves Julia and hates Big Brother. By the end of the book, these feelings are reversed. He is a slavish devotee of Big Brother and an orthodox member of the Party who looks on his former lover with something close to hatred.

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