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'1984' by George Orwell. Analysis of pages 72 until page 77.

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In this essay on '1984' by George Orwell I am going to give an analysis of the pages 72 until page 77. In this extract Winston, the main character of the book, visits Mr. Charrington's shop. This is not an usual shop, because in this shop there are things for sale that you wouldn't find anywhere else. Here there are things for sale that come from the past, thus forbidden things by the Party and Big Brother. The objects in the shop make Winston experience a sense of the past. Winston looks through the collection of stuff stored in the shop. The first remarkable thing Winston comes across, is a piece of glass with an unfamiliar object in it. It turns out to be a piece of coral that is embedded in a lump of glass. Winston is fascinated by it and decides to buy it. The things that appealed to him about the coral more that its beauty, was the air it seemed to posses of belonging to an age quite different from the present one and it was doubly attractive because of it apparent uselessness, though Winston was guessing that it once must have been intended as a paperweight. ...read more.


He would be very at easy and utterly alone, and also utterly secure because nobody would be watching him, no voice would be pursuing him. In fact, because of the absence of the television screen in the room there would be no sound at all except the singing of the kettle and the friendly ticking of the clock. While examining the room further Winston also spots a picture in a rosewood frame of a vaguely familiar building. The recalls it being bombed somewhere in the past. Mr. Charrington tells him that it used to be a church at one time. St. Clement's Dane its name was. Then the shop owner starts to sing a little rhyme from his childhood about churches. After a few lines he stops because his memory fails him. He desperately tries to remember it and keeps trying to finish the song. Lingering, Winston talked to Mr. Charrington some more, not wanting to leave just yet. All that time the half-remembered rhyme kept running through Winston's head and he even got the illusion of actually hearing the bells of the churches. ...read more.


The atmosphere in the extract reflects this in the mysterious way that it is written by George Orwell. The reader can actually share the impression of the cozy room with its sweet fire place and go through the same emotions as Winston, due to the detailed description by the author. In this passage we deal with something that is called a time-delay. The actions in this passage are described more detailed than in the passage that comes before it. There is also a lot of thinking and reflection involved. To make an end to this essay I would like to discuss one more thing. In this extract Mr. Charrington appears as a nice old grandfather kind of man that obviously has experienced a lot during his live and fortunately is somehow preserved from the 'bad' influence Big Brothers' regime. We get the impression that Mr. Charrington could know things about the past of great value to Winston. We want to read ahead and find out if our impressions will be realized. We also want to know how Winston will develop through this obtained knowledge, what his opinion will be on the present government when he finds out the truth about the past. ...read more.

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