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The erring citizenWinstonmust be reborn, only to be destroyed; Orwell constructs here a cruel parody of Christian resurrection. 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.
He still longs for the kind of sexual experience which is no longer possible in the society in which he lives. Even his marriage was a complete failure because his wife was trained in a hopeless and mindless frigidity by the Party. Winston does not, however, understand the purposes of the Party in its advocation of celibacy and in its attempts to destroy all joy in the sexual act. Much later, when O'Brien instructs Winston in the meaning of the Party's ideas, Winston learns why it is necessary for the Party to snuff out all interest in the sexual act.
Winston, under the influence of Julia, is slowly drifting toward a more physical orientation. Having lived in celibacy for nearly a dozen years and having had virtually no sex life during his marriage, he is emotionally immature. His immaturity displays itself in this situation, as the emotional immaturity of an adolescent displays itself in an initial romance. Winston is a case of arrested development. Now that he has been freed to develop, his view of the world will become more unrealistic. Already he is extending the possible time of his relationship.
1984 (Cliffs notes) by F. Thompson