What are Winston's feelings and development throughout the novel 1984? 

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At the beginning, Winston realizes he can't hide from Big Brother since the ruling Party is everywhere. He feels claustrophobic with the posters of Big Brother in his apartment building, on the street, and everywhere he goes. His daily routine involves editing documents at the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth so they will reflect the Party's version of reality. Alienated from his colleagues and people in society, Winston feels a need to find his memories of the past that haven't been edited and his own individuality that defines who he is. His dreams provide an outlet to his search for the past, and he decides to risk everything by having an affair with Julia and trusting O'Brien, a member of the Inner Party. Winston feels betrayed by O'Brien when he exposes Winston and Julia, but at the same time, he respects him. After he's tortured and forced to love Big Brother again, Winston disappears mentally and physically while awaiting his execution.