1984 summary – Part 3 Chapter 6

Part 3 Chapter 6: Free but defeated, Winston sits quietly at the Chestnut Tree Caf drinking Victory Gin. A shell of his former self, Winston spends his days at the cafe listening to the latest reports on the war with Eastasia. He remembers seeing Julia in the city after O’Brien released him from the Ministry of Love. They no longer shared anything and they barely recognized each other. Winston seems to react to the outer world only when he hears news of an Oceania victory. The Party controls him completely. 1984 ends with Winston gazing at a picture of Big Brother: “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother” (p. 300).