George Orwell novel 1984 contains symbols and images throughout the novel. Although symbols such as rats, the coral paperweight, songs, and Winston’s varicose ulcer only appear infrequently, they do provide important functions.
Winston had a reoccurring dream which found himself standing in front of a wall of darkness of which on the other side there was something to dreadful to face. He always woke up prior to finding out what was on the other side. After awaking during one of Winston and Julia’s rendezvous in the rented room above Mr. Charrington’s shop, Julia noticed a rat. Sowing his fear Winston shrieked. Julia trying to calm Winston, she grabbed a shoe and threw it towards the rat which was peeking out of the wainscoting. (pg. 151). This was his first indication of his fear of rats. It wasn’t until Winston was sent to Room 101 that Winston realized what was that rats were behind the wall of darkness in his dreams. Throughout Winston’s time in the Ministry of truth, O’Brien works on programming Winston to respect Big Brother and the Parties philosophies. O’Brien was able to accomplish all except for Winston’s love for Julia. This was finally accomplished in Room 101 where the severity of Winston’s fear of rats was finally realized when he betrayed Julia by requesting the transfer of his punishment to her.
While visiting Mr. Charrington’s shop Winston purchased a small coral paperweight. Mr. Charrington said it was a minimum of 100 years old. Winston found so beautiful that he overpaid for it (pg.99). Ironically, Winston thought of hitting Julia over the head when he was concerned that Julia was following him and that she may me a member of the Thought Police. Winston was infatuated as to what life was like prior to the rein of Big Brother. This coral paperweight reminded him of that time, a part of history that the party forgot to alter (pg. 152). After waking from a dream, Winston explained to Julia that he dreamt he was in the coral...
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