Section 7-8 Reading Log

Three Discussion Questions:

Why are proles so important to the story?

What is the importance of the dark-hair girl in the story?

Why does Winston buy the piece of coral?


In the story, we see Winston go into the shop and sees a piece of coral. Upon seeing it, he says that "it's a beautiful thing" (Orwell 95) shortly before deciding to buy it. An important factor in his purchase was that before he was speaking to the old prole at the bar. Particularly, Winston was curious about freedom. He recognizes the coral as something out of the norm--something unfitting for the usual citizen of Oceania. Therefore, he buys it as a way to have some type of minor freedom from the binds of the government

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