What is symbolized by the paperweight in 1984? I need a quote from pages 44-104 showing what the paperweight is symbolic of. Using that quote, fully analyze what the paperweight symbolizes.
Note: I have offered three quotes, but analyzed the third.
Winston buys a paperweight from an old junk shop. He thinks about it as follows:
Winston ... slid the coveted thing into his pocket. What appealed to him about it was not so much its beauty as the air it seemed to possess of belonging to an age quite different from the present one. The soft, rainwatery glass was not like any glass that he had ever seen. The thing was doubly attractive because of its apparent uselessness, though he could guess that it must once have been intended as a paperweight. It was very heavy in his pocket, but fortunately it did not make much of a bulge. It was a queer thing, even a compromising thing, for a Party member to have in his possession. Anything old, and for that matter anything beautiful, was always vaguely suspect.
The paperweight fascinates him and he says to Julia:
‘I don’t think it’s anything—I mean, I don’t think it was ever put to any use. That’s what I like about it. It’s a little chunk of history that they’ve forgotten to alter. It’s a message from a hundred years ago, if one knew how to read it.’
Finally, he gets to the heart of what the paperweight symbolizes to him, and this is the most important quote of the three:
The inexhaustibly interesting thing was not the fragment of coral but the interior of the glass itself. There was such a depth of it, and yet it was almost as transparent as air. It was as though the surface of the glass had been the arch of the sky, enclosing a tiny world with its atmosphere complete. He had the feeling that he could get inside it, and that in fact he was inside it, along with the mahogany bed and the gateleg table, and the clock and the steel engraving and the paperweight itself. The paperweight was the room he was in, and the coral was Julia’s life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal.
If we analyze the last quote, we see that for Winston the paperweight, an item from the past, symbolizes the better world of beauty and human relationship into which he wishes to escape. He envisions the past as a place where people could freely fall in love and spend time in relationship with each other, as well as own beautiful items like a paperweight. All of that is missing from the sterile world of the Party, where loving human relationships are discouraged, hate, fear and violence are encouraged, and everything is drab, ugly and utilitarian.
Winston finds "depth" in the paperweight, just as he finds depth, a greater richness of life, in the past. He sees the paperweight as "enclosing a tiny world with its atmosphere complete." This is exactly what Winston longs with all his heart to do with Julia: He wants to enclose the two of them, seal them safely, in the old-fashioned room above Mr. Charrington's shop, as if the present reality of Oceania doesn't exist. He sees the antique paperweight as the "room" he is in with Julia: "the mahogany bed and the gateleg table, and the clock and the steel engraving." He dreams of the "life" he and Julia are living right at that moment as, like the coral, "fixed in a sort of eternity." The coral has not changed: it has been encased safely for more than a hundred years and Winston wishes for that safety for himself and Julia. His yearning is that the relationship they have established, which is beautiful and old-fashioned like the paperweight, will never change.
When he and Julia are arrested, however, the glass encasing the coral breaks, symbolizing the shattering of the tiny world they have created.