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Tear Jerker / Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Nineteen Eighty-Four's dystopia backdrop and gut-wrenching scenes proves that this book (or movie) is definitely not for the faint of heart.
  • "Do it to Julia!", especially in the film, see below.
  • In the final chapter, a sweet memory floats into Winston's mind from his childhood about a happy afternoon when he played Snakes and Ladders with his mother. It's a memory he would've treasured earlier, but now he pushes it out of his mind, declaring it to be false.
  • “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. 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."
    • The Michael Radford movie expresses Winston's absolute despair, as the once-independent man reduced into severe alcoholism, all thoughts of personal love or the tiniest fragments of hope completely expunged out of his mind and soul, had tears in his face, saying to the telescreen as the melancholic anthem of Oceania played, "I love you". The camera then cuts away to show a far away shot of the bar (pictured above), with Winston and the bartender. Not counting the bartender, Winston has nobody else to help him. He just feels so alone and so small in his newfound love for the organization he tried to rebel against.
  • The fact that some elements in the book — including constant surveillance of citizens and Disproportionate Retribution for the slightest interest in rebellion — have become elements of some Real Life governments is horrifyingly depressing.
  • In the film, the national anthem of Oceania, "Oceania, Tis For Thee". It's a brilliant Pastiche of national anthems, but it's only the words that are frightening; the tune is absolutely heartbreaking.
    • Also from the film, "Julia", a recurring piece that subtly plays over three key scenes — Winston meeting Julia outside Charrington's shop, their first meeting in the forest, and Winston being tortured in Room 101, eventually betraying Julia. — and in the credits. It is a heartbreaking poetic ballad that beautifully describes the two main character's impossible love, with a sense of longing and hope.
  • From the Broadway version, Winston tearfully begging one of O'Brien's assistants to not put the rat cage over his face.
  • Winston as a child stealing a piece of chocolate from his dying sister. He runs away, and when he returns, his mother is gone, taken by the regime. Winston never sees her or his sister again.