In 1984 Winston acquires a paperweight from the antiques shop. He buys it because he believes it is a reminder of the past when most things from before Big Brother were censored or destroyed. The paperweight however could also symbolize something deeper such as Winstonís and Juliaís room in prole area. It could symbolize Winstonís dreams of rebellion or being with Julia. It is made of glass and fragile which could foreshadow Winstonís dreams being crushed.