1984 summary – Part 2 Chapter 9

Part 2 Chapter 9: Winston roams the streets as crowds celebrate Hate Week. As Winston watches a fiery orator proclaim that Oceania was now at war with Eastasia, an unidentifiable man casually switches briefcases with him. Inside the briefcase, Winston finds the book, “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism,” by Emmanuel Goldstein. Dizzy with anticipation, Winston struggles to contain his excitement over the prospect of finally working for the Brotherhood. Winston waits impatiently for an opportunity to read the book. At last, he finds a moment to take the book to his apartment in the prole quarter. Winston begins reading chapters one, “Ignorance is Strength,” and three, “War is Peace.” The book details the rise of Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia. The book also outlines how the Inner Party uses the principles of INGSOC to control people and maintain power. However, as he reads, Winston still feels as if he understands how the Party controls Oceania but not why it takes such measures. Julia joins Winston in the apartment but seems uninterested by the book. Winston tries to read portions of the book to his lover but the couple soon falls asleep together.

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