#Poetry #Rats. O'Brien moved the cage nearer. google_color_link = "08296B"; The nightmare, and therefore the threatened punishment, of the protagonist Winston Smith is to be attacked by rats.This is manifested in Room 101 by confronting Smith with a wire cage that contains two large rats. Maybe it's a European thing, involving the memory of the Black Death, and the horrors of the trenches of the two world wars. 1984 Quotes. The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labor. The room where he had been interrogated by O'Brien was high up near the roof. 'In your case,' said O'Brien, 'the worst thing in the world happens to be rats.' When I press this other lever, the door of the cage will slide up. He had moved a little to one side, so that Winston had a better view of the thing on the table. Share. google_color_border = "993333"; You are aware of that. In his youth he steals a 2oz slab of chocolate from his mother and younger sister. Outer Party members and Proles all eventually become drones-meaningless, inhuman cogs in the Party's machine.