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Chapters 3-5 What Winston was unable to discover in The Book is now revealed by O'Brien: the Party seeks and holds power for its own sake, not for the way it can be used. And power means the power to make men suffer. This idea of power is an extension of prevalent notions in contemporary societies. We think of power as acquired usually for some end other than itself. The Party, as expressed in O'Brien's comments to Winston, also believes in a simplified idealism. What it desires to be true, what it is expedient to believe as true, is true.

There is no living person by those names. They both represent Page 30 distortions of reality that is created within the novel. If one takes the position that ''the Party is right'' and that Oceania should, and will, rule the world, Big Brother becomes God, President, and friend in the great quest for ultimate victory. Conversely, Goldstein becomes the hated worm in the apple of Eden; he is Judas, Satan, and a personal enemy all rolled into one. For those who hate the Party, the roles are reversed.

Winston tells her about the incident when he held the scrap of evidence in his hand, but Julia does not understand the episode. In short, Winston and Julia fall into a pattern of stereotypical domesticity: the husband makes all the Page 19 important decisions, about national policy, religious doctrine, space exploration, and the like, while the wife makes all the lesser decisions, about where the next vacation will be spent, how the family money will be used, and so on. Julia is practical, while Winston is something of an idealist and a dreamer.

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