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Theme Of Brainwashing In George Orwell's '1984'

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Winston is like glass because he can be broken down and restructured into a different person. When Winston is held captive in the Ministry of Love, he thinks that “the Party was in the right. It must be so: how could the immortal, collective brain be mistaken...It was merely a question of learning to think as they thought” (277). Orwell uses the metaphor of the Party as an immortal entity with one “collective brain” to describe the effects of brainwashing on Winston, who now wants to truly feel the emotions that a standard follower of Big Brother experiences. By saying that the Party was “in the right” and that “it was merely a question of learning to think as they thought,” Winston’s beliefs are shown to be changeable and easily manipulated.
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