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Summary of 1984, Part2, chapter 7

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Introduction

Chapter 7 - Winston dreams about his mother and sister - Lying in bed with Julia, Winston dreams that he is inside glass paperweight with his life spread out in front of him. - Remembers that at an age between 10 - 12, after his father had disappeared, he would argue with his mother on how little food there was. - One day he snatched sister's chocolate and ran off, when he returned mother and sister had vanished. - Looking back, Winston admires his mother because she was motivated by authentic feelings, not rules imposed from outside, and she did what she felt was natural. - Winston reflects that proles still think this way, valuing acts in terms of their private loyalties, not by their contribution to history. - He tells Julia that proles are still human, but Party members like themselves are not. ...read more.

Middle

- Tells Winston that he will receive "the book" through exchange of briefcases (p.184). - Suggests that they may meet again, but hesitates to say where. - Remembering the dream mentioned in part 1, ch.2, Winston suggests "in a place where there is no darkness" and O'Brien seems to accept the phrase (p.185). - Winston asks if he knows the "Oranges and Lemons" nursery rhyme, which he does. Chapter 9 - Oceania is suddenly at war with Eastasia instead of Eurasia - On 6th day of Hate Week, Winston is taking part in a demonstration in central London when news arrives that Oceania is no longer at war with Eurasia, but with Eastasia. - In turn Eurasia has become ally. - No explicit acknowledgement, however, that there has been any change in policy. - Instead banners & posters bearing wrong pictures and slogans are explained as the work of saboteurs. ...read more.

Conclusion

They fall asleep soon. Chapter 10 - Thought-police take Winston and Julia prisoner - When Winston and Julia wake it has begin to grow dark. - Thinking of the mass of people all around the world who are not members of the political elite and ho care only for the fundamentals of life, Winston repeats his phrase describing Party members "We are the dead" (p.230) - Suddenly they hear it repeated by a voice from picture behind the wall. Voice orders them to stand back with their hands clasped behind their backs. - Then it recites ending of nursery rhyme "Oranges & Lemons": "here comes a chopper to chop off your head!" (P.231) - Uniformed men break into room through window, paperweight is smashed and Julia is punched in the stomach. - Mr. Charrington enters the room but is no longer wearing his disguise, and its revealed that he is an officer of the Though Police, the one who spoke to them through the hidden telescreen. ...read more.

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