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Rereading Nineteen Eighty Four – Part II Chap 8 (3)

O’Brien questions Winston and Julia as to what they are prepared to do to join this ‘Revolution”. Agreeing to murder and treason, as well as other horrific acts, O’Brien continues to probe, asking:

‘You are prepared to lose your identity and live out the rest of your life as a waiter or a dock-worker?’

Without pause, they agree.

O’Brien asks;  “You are prepared to commit suicide, if and when we order you to do so?”

And again, without pause they agree.

Then he asks:

“You are prepared, the two of you, to separate and never see one another again?’

‘No!’ broke in Julia.

The absolute lack of morality of Winston is shocking. Julia’s response to their separation is almost senseless for if they are prepared to do all these horrible acts for the Revolution.. why is this the only one Julia objects to?  

The impression is that neither has much of a connection to reality.

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