What is Winston's mother's story and how does it relate to the newsreel's washer woman image?

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I assume that you are talking about what Winston's mother does the last time that Winston sees her.  Winston has just stolen his little sister's chocolate ration and is running away.  His mother draws his sister to her -- gives her a hug, basically.

Winston connects this to the refugee woman in the lifeboat (this is not the same as the washerwoman).  That woman puts her arms around her child as they are being shot.  In both cases, they are showing feelings.  They are holding their children even though they know it will not do them any good.  It is just a way of showing human feelings (ones that the Party has been trying to drive out of people).

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