Part One Study Guide Question 10

Compare and contrast the Golden Country in Winstons dreams with the city setting in which he lives. Re-read paragraph four of Chapter III. Notice the contrasts between it and the opening of the novel.

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In his dream, Winston finds himself in the Golden Country, which he happens upon often in his slumbers. The Golden Country is an "an old rabbit-bitten pasture, with a foot track wandering across it and a molehole here and there...the elm trees were swaying faintly in the breeze, their leaves just stirring in dense masses like women's hair." In this dream, the dark-haired girl from the Ministry whom Winston despises for her Party-fueled fervor approaches him and tears off her clothes in a gesture so "splendid" that its existence alone rebels against the Party. He wakes with the word "Shakespeare" on his lips.

The city is cramped and crowded, attraction and intimate contact are against Party regulations. All of these thoughts would be categorized as a crime.