An effective literary work does not stop or cease, it concludes. To some critics, a work that does not provide the pleasure of significant cause has terminated with an artistic fault. Which is why the ending of the novel 1984 by George Orwell is not well received. Although the ending might not be satisfactory, it perfectly portrays how the totalitarian government will get its people to follow and abide by their rules. The novels ending has significant closure, and appropriately concludes the authors work, even though it is not satisfactory. In the ending scenes of the 1984 by George Orwell, Winston goes to the Chestnut Tree Café, where Party members go to have their victory gin. Winston is very happy as he now accepts all that the Party says and does. Winston then has a couple flashbacks about when he had seen Julia after she had endured her torture, and how he spoke to her about their betrayal and how torture can change people. They told each other they would meet again soon but knew that it would fall through. Winston also thinks about his family life years ago but concludes that it is a false memory, feeding into the brainwashing the Party has endured on Winston. The Party now has full control over what Winston thinks and does as he accepts the propaganda on the telescreen. In the end he says he wants to die by shooting himself in the head. Yet the last moment for Winston is one of pure bliss, he looks at a picture of big brother and feels love for him, completely falling under the Parties control.Winston survives the whole novel, contrary to what some people think. He does not actually shoot himself in the head but one can assume that he will eventually be executed. Neither O’Brien or anyone at the Ministry of Love murdered Winston, but they did murder Winston’s self. The bullet that Winston wants in his head at first is a metaphorical bullet, instead an execution that would soon follow. It seems George left the ending open to interpretation because Winston’s fate can be seen different ways, him killing himself or him being executed, either way he is going to die. Even if the Party decided not to execute Winston, his sef is already gone, who he was as a  person in the past has been completely wiped out of his body and all that’s left is a person who has been totally consumed by the totalitarian government. Executions on people that were rebelling earlier in the novel showed that the Party carried oaut executions on these people, unlike Winston’s, whose experience was more of a psychological execution. For Winston, even though the Party has already strippedhim of himself, they might follow that up with a real execution. As seen at the end of the novel, Winston no longer exists as a thinking individual, only a shell of a person who loves Big Brother and follows every command of the Party.The ending is very depressing for many but there was no way Winston could’ve made that much, if any, difference in the first place. It is a complete totalitarian government and even with some rebels they would never get anywhere and would all end up dead or following the government they were rebelling in the first place. It is also depressing because there is no hope for Winston since his mankind has been destroyed, and no hope for the future of Oceania. Even though Winston originally rebelled the system, he is now attached to it, just like every rebel who had tried before him. It can be argued that this novel does not have a satisfactory ending to some, because Winston didn’t overthrow the Party, but it really possible for the brotherhood to succeed in the first place.


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