The Elements of Torture

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The Elements of Torture
The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is an unpredictable novel. It deals with the terrors and hardships Winston Smith, the protagonist, endures in his life time. Winston Smith is a peaceful man doing what he is required to do by the government. After years of services to them, he is betrayed by his government and is sent to The Ministry of Love where he is tortured and cleansed of his rebellious ways.
The Thought Police physically tortured Winston to purify him of his rebellious thoughts and ultimately love Big Brother by beating him and electrocuting him. The Thought Police did this for the purification and love for big brother.
“…they screamed abuse at him and threatened at every hesitation to deliver him over to the guards again; but sometimes they would suddenly change their tune, call him comrade, appeal to him in the name of Ingsoc and Big Brother, and ask him sorrowfully whether even now he had enough loyalty to the party left to make him wish to undo the evil had done” (254) The Ministry of Love is home to many dark and powerful secrets, one being what the Thought police do to prisoners like Winston Smith in room 101. “No one who had once fallen into the hands of the Thought police ever escaped in the end. They were corpse waiting to be sent back to the grave” (79) Winston was watched for seven years by the Thought Police because of the notebook he purchased in the antique shop. He was also watched because he did not like Big Brother. The Thought Police beat Winston until he had the “perfect” mind. O’Brien held up four fingers and asked Winston how many were up. Winston saw four and that is what he replied (256). This was wrong to O Brien because in their “perfect” mind, two plus two equaled five. When Winston disagreed with O’Brien, he gets electrocuted. This symbolizes that what ever the party says, one must conform…...

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