Heartwarming / Nineteen Eighty-Four

Despite the overall bleakness of the novel, there are a few heartwarming moments.

  • Winston contemplates a woman who threw herself over a child to protect him from the fire of a helicopter gunship even though she knew it wouldn't help. He comes to the realization that "If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give you still gave him love."
  • A man dying of starvation is brought to the cell in the Ministry of Love that Winston is sharing with several other prisoners. One man offers him a piece of bread. And then a bunch of guards storm in and beat him with clubs.
  • The love song outlasts the hate song in popularity.
  • The Appendix. Whether it's In-Universe or not, its existence, which is written in the past tense, is one of the only shreds of hope in this book. Bear in mind that this particular world is considered to be the Crapsack World of all crap worlds in Fictional History. And the author himself refused to remove it from the book...
  • Winston's affair with Julia in Part II are mostly this.
    • Their interaction and their first time in the forest.
    • Winston hated Julia so much that he would have killed her or even raped her, but then Julia gave Winston a note saying "I love you." That was all it took for Winston and Julia to actually fall in love.
    • Julia comforting Winston when she sees how terrified he is by the rat they find in their secret room.
    • Chapter IV of Part II is full of this. There is virtually nothing threatening in this chapter. Just the two of them enjoying their happiness and love in privacy.
    • In the 1984 adaptation, her theme, which is also a recurring piece in the soundtrack counts as this. While the ethereal tune is purely heartbreaking, the poetic lyrics are beautifully heartwarming, and hopeful.
  • The proles' brainwashed life is actually made sweet by how utterly carefree they are, and how they don't have to worry as much as Winston does. Except for the National Lottery, which is really, really Serious Business.
  • The prole who saves Winston from getting hit by an unexpected rocket bombing.
    "Steamer!" he yelled. "Look out, guv'nor! Bang over 'ead! Lay down quick!"
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