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by George Orwell

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What are some symbols of the past in 1984? I've come up with the diary, the paperweight, St. Clement's Church, and Mr. Charrington's shop.  Are those all correct?  Are there any more?

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I think all of these symbols that you mention do represent the past.  However, I can think of a few more.

First, I think the songs that are sung definitely represent the past.  Of course, one of them does talk about St. Clement's Church, but I think the songs themselves are a symbol of the past.

Second, and this is connected to the songs, I would say that the prole woman with the wide hips is also a symbol of the past.

Finally, I would say that Winston's dreams of his mother and family qualify as well.

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