What is the significance of 1984's plot structure being broken up into 3 sections?

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It's instructive that the three-act structure of 1984 mirrors Oceania's tripartite class system. At the top of the pyramid, we have the Inner Party, the political elite, which makes up around 2% of the population. They are simply known as "The Party" because, for all intents and purposes, whatever they say becomes law. The members of the elite determine the State's often rapidly changing policies. They enjoy special privileges denied to everyone else, such as good food, comfortable living quarters, and the right to turn off their telescreens. That said, it can still be tough at the top, and Inner Party members are no less subject to brutal torture and punishment than anyone else should they be foolish enough to step out of line.

Below the Inner Party, we have the Outer Party, of which Winston and Julia are members. These are the regime's functionaries, expected to carry out the Inner Party's directives to the letter. They are also expected to display exemplary ideological zeal, participating...

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