Dust In The Victory Mansions Of 1984 By George Orwell

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Similar to Oranges and Lemons, dust plays a major role in 1984. Dust represents the world and a sort of protector to Winston at first, but later turns into the government watching over him. This evolution contributes to the development of the story. The Victory Mansions of 1984 are mentioned with dust first: “Winston […] slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him” (1). Although the dust here is not yet the government to Winston, it can represent the fact that the government follows the citizens of Oceania everywhere, leading to a complication of always being watched. The dust now is just the gross world, showing how unkempt and dirty …show more content…
IN Winston 's workplace, the dust is there to be watching like the government does. Winston does many actions in his office that are against the Party, such as seeing the Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford photo, and getting Julia 's “I love you” note. The Party is watching him through the dust, even if he thinks the government does notice. That watchful eye symbol adds to the conflict of Winston 's rebellion against the Party and contributes to the Party destroying his hope. Even in the prole town there lies dust: “there was a dingy little pub whose windows appeared to be frosted over, but in reality were merely covered by the dust” (76). The government acting as dust even remains in the proles ' lives, even though Winston believes he is safe there. This dust furthers the complications as Winston asks a man about the past in this pub. The pub is not safe, so Winston 's hope will be destroyed as the Party continues to watch his unwanted and “dangerous” rebellion. Furthering the prole village, Mr. Charrington 's shop is covered in dust: “because all around the walls were stacked innumerable dusty picture frames” …show more content…
After he is released, Winston sits in the Chestnut Tree Cafe and notes to himself: “Even the speck of whitish dust on the cover of his diary they had carefully replaced” (247). The Thought Police becomes the dust as they destroy and watch Winston everywhere, even in his supposed protection against them. He had no hope to begin with- his original plan of writing in a diary and hiding it with dust is even betrayed. Him being foiled adds to the theme of destroying hope, as his is destroyed and evolves dust into the government fully. Dust breaks Winston and makes him a sad lonely person. Finally, as he sits alone he “[traces] with his finger in the dust on the table: 2+2=5” (259). 2+2=5 being an important symbol in itself representing complete submission to the government 's lies. 1984 is resolved as Winston accepts the Party and Big Brother in the dust and his writings. All hope in him is destroyed- no thought of rebellion or anything is left. Winston has become what they want him to be: an empty husk. He surrenders and tell, indirectly through the dust symbol of government, that he accepts the world he lives

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