Why do you think Orwell includes the scene between the chinless man and the skull-faced man in the cell?
Students may point out that the scene emphasizes the terrifying mystery of "Room 101"; however, it also shows that any act of generosity or compassion is punished severely in the Ministry of Love, that all possibility of human connection has been eliminated or destroyed.
What are the core principles Winston reads about in the book?
As these excerpts are significantly denser and more difficult to understand than the rest of the novel, spend some time discussing these ideas with your students. Ignorance is strength because those who are not ignorant...
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