Why does Winston profoundly fear the Thought Police in 1984?

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You might find it useful to re-read the first chapter of this excellent and terrifying novel to identify when the Thought Police appear and what we are told about them. Winston at first understates how terrifying they are by completely dismissing the fear of police patrols snooping in through windows into people's lives. He says in response to this that "Only the Thought Police mattered." This clearly shows the way that the Thought Police have a special place in terms of the fear that they can...

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