The image of Goldstein and the description of him is really a description of Leon Trotsky, who was one of the founders of the Russian Communist Revolution in 1917. He was later assassinated in Mexico City as a traitor to the revolution.
Focus Questions How is the setting of the story symbolic about the nature of totalitarianism? What is Winstons function at the Ministry of Truth and why is his job ironic to his situation in life? What Newspeak words are used?
Focus Question How is playing chess in the Chestnut Tree Café symbolic in relation to Winston and his main conflict? How does Winstons love for Big Brother represent the resolution of the plots main conflict?