Study Guide

1984 Book 3, Chapter 5

By George Orwell

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Book 3, Chapter 5

  • O'Brien tells Winston that the worst thing in the world is in Room 101. What is the worst thing in the world, you ask? Well, it depends on the person.
  • For Winston, that thing is rats, in an Indiana Jones and snakes kind of way.
  • O'Brien threatens Winston by showing him a cage of large, vociferous rats, waiting to gnaw away at Winston's face.
  • Winston, with the rats just inches away from his face, is terrified. The oh-so-chivalrous Winston shouts out, "Do it to Julia!"
  • That does the trick for O'Brien. He's satisfied. No more private loyalty = only party loyalty to Big Brother.

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