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Why does Winston cry at the end of "1984"?

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In the final lines of 1984 by George Orwell, Winston sits in the Chestnut Tree Café watching endless streams of propaganda on the telescreen as he ponders his predicament. After rebelling against Big Brother by writing in a journal, consorting with Julia and attempting to join forces with the shadowy Emmanuel Goldstein, Winston is captured by the Thought Police. As Winston is physically and psychologically tortured by the Ministry of Love, he remains defiant and swears to remain loyal to Julia. O’Brien mockingly tells Winston, “What happens to you here is FOR EVER.” O’Brien’s warning is prescient. Winston quickly betrays Julia and caves to endless rounds torture and propaganda. After his ideological rehabilitation, Winston is permitted to visit the Chestnut Tree Cafe, a...

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