Why does Winston think that “tragedy is outmoded”?

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Winston has the thought that tragedy "belonged to the ancient time" when recalling his mother's death, which he now understands was tragic in a way that is no longer possible, even after the passage of less than thirty years. Tragedy depends on a sense of human dignity. It requires privacy, love, friendship, and family unity. It no longer has any meaning amid the facile slogans and gobbledygook of public life under the Party.


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