1984 Reflection

"We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness"

Carson Lail

In book three, chapter two, this quote implies that the story will end with resolution of Dystopia. O'Brien says that they will meet where there is no darkness. This can make a reader think that there will eventually be light, and no oppression. The true meaning of the quote, however, is the complete opposite of what one would think. "No darkness" is achieved when a party member is cured of their hatred, curiosity, or opposition of Big Brother. O'Brien and Winston do meet again when Winston is being tortured and brainwashed into loving and obeying Big Brother. Winston is finally out of the "darkness",which really isn't dark at all. It is what O'Brien does to Winston and makes him conform to, that is truly dark.