Write 2 and a half pages analysing the following paragraph from 1984 book. This is one of Wilson's dreams: "“Years ago -- how long was it? Seven years it must be -- he had dreamed that he was walking through a pitch-dark room. And someone sitting to one side of him had said as he passed: 'We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.' It was said very quietly, almost casually -- a statement, not a command. He had walked on without pausing. What was curious was that at the time, in the dream, the words had not made much impression on him. It was only later and by degrees that they had seemed to take on significance. He could not now remember whether it was before or after having the dream that he had seen O'Brien for the first time, nor could he remember when he had first identified the voice as O'Brien's. But at any rate the identification existed. It was O'Brien who had spoken to him out of the dark.
Winston had never been able to feel sure -- even after this morning's flash of the eyes it was still impossible to be sure whether O'Brien was a friend or an enemy. Nor did it even seem to matter greatly. There was a link of understanding between them, more important than affection or partisanship. 'We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness,' he had said. Winston did not know what it meant, only that in some way or another it would come true.” 1984, Part 1: Chapter 2, 2
What I wrote until now: This paragraph is important because it describes the impression that Winston had on O´Brien and reflects on how he felt towards him. Winston was trying to figure out what his dream meant and whether if he would be able to understand somehow the words that he had heard in his dream. The emotions transmitted through the reflection on the link of understanding between them and the fact that is it considered to be more important than “affection or partisanship” could be analyzed through decrypting what how his subconscious reflects on his conscious thoughts and ideas.
Further Instructions for the assignment: On the paragraph, you make a good start in considering why W is confused about his feelings toward O'B in the dream, especially once you have finished the book. What is his ambivalence. Identify the different feelings he considers and how they might reflect his subconscious. What DO you think "more important than..." means? Why is W so sure this will "come true", even if he doesn't know what it means?
Also consider the setting of the dream, what the dark and light imagery mean, and how the confusion about sequence might be significant to the passage's and the book's themes.
Finally, in connecting the passage to the rest of the book, is this dream typical of all the dreams in the book or different in some way, or all the dreams different? Consider how it illuminates the significance of dreams in general.