Mr. Charrington Nostalgia In 1984

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Nostalgia is one of the most cherished and important feelings a person can have, it takes one back to a certain memory that cannot be forgotten. In 1984, by George Orwell, Winston is confronted by Mr. Charrington, an old widower who owns an antique store in the prole district. Mr. Charrington is sort of an oasis for Winston since they converse about the past that was, this brings Winston back to a better time before the party took over. The good times spent by Winston were short lived however, for Mr. Charrington was an undercover thought police agent whose job was to sniff out the delinquents. Mr. Charrington shows two very polarizing themes in this book, that one should never forget the past, and that if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is not. …show more content…

For example, Winston is so astonished at the goods Mr. Charrington has in store that the product he purchases is nothing more than a paperweight. The practical sense of the paperweight has nothing to do with its significance, it is a remnant of the past that Winston remembers, and that he does not want to forget it, even if it costs him his life. Winston knows that this purchase goes against everything his job and the party wants, but he buys it since if he didn’t, he would be forced to forget the past that he wants, not the party. Another example of how Winston is loose when around Mr. Charrington is since he knows and agrees with everything that Winston remembers, making him feel like a brother. In this society, it is hard for Winston to find someone who he can have a chat with and they are able to agree with. Mr. Charrington shows Winston that there are still people left in the world who know the truth, even if he is a

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