The Thought Police act like the American FBI. They facilitate revolutionary activity by supplying illegal items which prove conspiracy. The Thought Police sell journals, writing pens, antiques, and rent rooms for outer party members. In the book 1984, the one sure member of the Thought Police is an antique shopkeeper.
How did they know Winston’s greatest fear was rats?
There was a telescreen hidden inside the room Winston rented. He mentioned to Julia briefly a tremendous fear of rats in that room. The telescreen picked it up and recorded it. The room was bugged because….…… it was an obvious place that would-be revolutionaries would go.
When did the Though Police “lock in” on Winston and Julia?
When the room was rented. Buying a journal is somewhat odd. So it buying a coral antique. But doing those in combination with buying a room, something is surely amiss. From that moment on, Winston was under almost constant surveillance.
When was the raid planned?
Once Winston was given “the book” by O’Brian, the raid was prepared. Anyone given the book is raided within 48 hours.
Is the Resistance real?
It is. The Resistance consists of those who wake up from the Party’s program. There is no group or movement. There can be no collective response in the face of the Thought Police. Only individual resistance is possible and only in small amounts.
Why is revolution impossible? Or at least improbable?
It depends upon the proles. The middle class or “outer party” works for the government in power. It is they who create the propaganda, fill the police and soldier rolls, who write the newscasts, who do science, and so on. The middle class fulfills the needs of the upper class. The proles are apolitical and are content to eat, work, and breed forever.