This quote shows that even in this time where they live in a life where they are being manipulated, Winston is still living in a time where he is experiencing hatred, but still maintains what keeps him normal or humane, which keeps him separated from everyone else. This hate is showing that people still have hate for each other and still want to kill each other but it also shows the true human he is by helping her when she was threatened. (82 words)
After meeting her, Winston realizes that he rebels because it is the only way to gain freedom. “The sexual act, successfully preformed, was rebellion. Desire was a thought crime” (Orwell, 68). In a way, Julia gives him the strength he needs to continue to fight for freedom. “I have not betrayed Julia” (Orwell, 273.) This also shows how willing Winston is to sacrifice himself for love, as it can end in both of them getting caught. In addition to this, one of the first times that Winston talks about Julia, he begins to feel the rebellion. “Thus, at one moment Winston’s hatred was not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police” (Orwell, 14). Publicly revolting in Oceania is extremely dangerous since there is too many telescreens watching over him. “All that they did was to keep alive in him the belief, or hope, that others besides himself were enemies of the Party” (Orwell, 17). It is at this moment in the book that Winston becomes known as the heroic
The two themes are control and technology. The reason control fits the book is it’s about a government confining the people. Technology is one of the main themes in they this book because when this novel was written it was set in the future. Also in the book, Big Brother uses crazy technology to always know and keep track of what his party members are doing.
Outwardly, he could not be seen with her at all, or at least romantically. The two would have to strategically plan meeting places, such as a field and an abandoned church, in order to keep their forbidden love a secret. Winston knew in his heart that he loved her, but also knew that romantic relationships were illegal and bound with consequence. The outward concealing of their relationship along with the inward love that they shared gave the novel a romantic appeal that grasped the attention of readers. This also exposed the horrors of a dystopia, being that no one can truly be happy or lead his/her own
Sex creates an extremely exclusive bond between two individuals; it’s an unspoken contract of trust and love. Not only are sexual experiences private, but they also fulfill humanity’s instinctual desire and promote individuality. However, when this intimacy is either erased or condemned by society, individuals lose touch with that vital part of their humanity and individuality. In 1984 by George Orwell, sexuality plays an important role in both Oceania’s totalitarian government and Winston’s rebellion against his oppressors; as he explores his sexuality, Winston revolts against the Party’s manipulative political control, the destruction of individuality, the absence of human connection, and the practice of sexual puritanism.
George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, both share fear as a common theme. Fear as a tool can control, change, and force people to do things that do not seem acceptable, such as make people turn on others, become violent, and forgo their belief system. Fear can be used in many different ways, such as controlling a population of people to gain power or wealth. In The Time Machine, a group of people called the Eloi, had direct power over another group called the Morlocks. In 1984, one small group of people called the “brother hood” had complete control of society. This dilemma is shown throughout history and has led to severe consequences. Fear is used as a tool in both The Time Machine and 1984 sometimes for different
In today’s society, people have sex with strangers solely for pleasure and fun. In Oceania sex is only for making babies and not for the human connection or love of the other person. Similar to 1984, most people do not have sex in terms of making love or for the relationship it creates between them. With the absence of love between characters, a true human connection is ultimately destroyed and does not exist between anyone. Winston and Julia eventually come together to break the rules. As they fall in love and make love, it brings them closer and closer together. When they decide to come together, it creates the only true human connection that is in Oceania, but it is quickly ended by the Party. The Party arrest them, tortures them, and destroys who they are and their love for each other. With the destruction of their love also comes the destruction of the only human connection in Oceania besides that the people and Winston, “Loved Big Brother”(Orwell
George Orwell’s novel 1984 presents us two characters who are entirely different, but still complement each other entirely, the protagonist Winston and his love-interest Julia. Julia’s optimistic character highlights Winston’s fatalistic one. Winston believes he and Julia are compatible and can relate to each other because they share the same believes. They both detest Big Brother and want to rebel against the Party. While this is true, their similarities seem to end there. There are in fact major differences between the two that set them apart from each other. What makes Julia inherently different from Winston is the fact that her rebellion, as opposed to Winston’s, is purely self-centred.
Julia wasn’t much interested in reading, and Winston was surprised to discover that “the difference between truth and falsehood did not seem important to” (193) Julia. While Winston was greatly concerned about the party’s manipulation of truth, Julia was more interested in freedom of individuality. The clever thing was to break the rules and stay alive, whether it was a love affair, swearing, wearing makeup or obtaining luxuries on the black market. She took great pride in her ability to bring real sugar, real milk, and real coffee to her meetings with Winston (177). Julia’s desires to bring these prohibited items to their meetings, as well as her disinterest in exposing the part indicate that she rebels simply to undermine the party in her own small ways and gain individual freedom. Unlike Winston, whose actions and desires regard both himself and future generations, Julia’s actions stem purely from her own personal desires. By characterizing Julia as interested in individual freedom, Orwell emphasizes, again, the extent to which governments need to control their citizens in order to maintain power. By using these characters to highlight the control of the party, Orwell shows the dangers of totalitarian governments and the extremes to which they will go to maintain
Love creates loyalties, which the government might not have the power to control. Winston mentioned that the government’s “real, undeclared purpose was to remove all pleasure from the sexual act” which restricted Winston before he had his sexual endeavours with Julia (Orwell 65). The power of human nature overwhelmed Winston, leading him to making rebellious statements with his relationship. Not only is sex itself illegal, the means which Winston and Julia took to perform the act is extremely bold. Both Winston and Julia had to illegally leave the city to meet up in the secluded woods and in Mr. Charrington’s apartment. The passion and lustfulness of the two characters was an act of rebellion. Winston describes his sexual act with Julia as a “blow struck against the Party” and “a political act,” implying that he not only did it for pleasure, but also to stand up against the current government system (Orwell 126). Before sleeping with Winston, Julia has slept with hundreds of other men which made Winston very intrigued. He believed that this passion and wrongdoing “was the force that would tear the Party to pieces,” and ultimately overthrow the heartless government system. Thus, Winston and Julia’s relationship was not merely a search
Have you ever found yourself rooting for the little man? If so, you will more than likely identify with the theme of George Orwell’s book 1984. The main characters, Winston and Julia, in 1984, rebelled against the parties control, over their daily life’s. Winston and Julia conspire to lash out against the Party’s oppression, and they carry out a love affair, which was strictly forbidden by Big Brother.
Having eliminated all bonds of human connection between individuals, the Party intended that ‘the sex instinct will be eradicated… neurologists shall abolish the orgasm’ where the high modal declaration depicts the frightening measures imposed by the administration to prevent revolution. Thus, the relationship between Winston and Julia serves as an outlet of instinct but is also an expression of rebellion against the status quo: ‘their embrace had been a battle…It was a political act.’ Further, the ‘glass paper weight’ motif serves as a reminder of the past, a beacon of hope but in the arrest shatters, signifying defeat to the state. Ultimately, as Winston falls short of liberation, he disintegrates into a shell of his former self: betraying Julia and becomes a mindless vehicle of the Party’s propaganda for Big Brother. Thus, demonstrating the futility of relationships between individuals under political overpower. However, the relationship symbolises a rejection of Party doctrine, parallel to Freder and Maria’s relationship in Metropolis, one acting as an apparatus to drive revolution and unification, relaying both authors contextual concerns of the people’s rejection of
In 1984, the people are not aloud to look at one another with affection and in Pleasantville , holding hands is considered to be inappropriate. When the couple was at the dinner, Skip made a comment about some couples are " holding hands already", after hearing this jennifer is shocked and takes him to lovers lane where she teaches him about sex. By jenniffer doing this, it causes all the other teenagers to do the same. Similar to this, in 1984 sex is not allowed and neither is love. When Julia tells Winston she loves him, he is scared. Being in love will cause their deaths if found out. So the couple keeps it secret and it causes them to grow together. the lack of intimacy in 1984 has caused people act rash and live in fear. By both jennifer/skip and winston/ Julia ignoring leadership they are challenging
Many a literary critic claims that the strongest aspect of the book 1984 by George Orwell is its plot. Indeed, there is some merit in this conclusion, as the entire purpose of Orwell’s writing of this book was not to create a literary classic, but to warn the public about the dangers of communism if it got out of hand, and what better way to do this than to write an engaging plot? Others may claim that 1984’s greatest strength is in its character development. This aspect, too, is quite strong in the book, as not only are the minor characters effected in serving the dystopian theme, but the major characters are believable and very human in their failings. Winston’s transformation from an oppressed office worker to revolutionary and finally to
Governmental oppression continues to be represented through the texts 1984 and Brazil through the relationships of the characters. In 1984, for quite some time Winston Smith believed Julia was apart of the anti-sex party and that she was of the many brainwashed citizens. Winston’s first time seeing Julia out of the office he sees her wondering around in the proletarian area and he immediately believes she has followed him and she must be part of the thought police, he also considers bashing her head in with a brick but immediately dismisses this idea and rushes home; “He could keep on her track till they were in some quiet place, and then smash her skull in with a cobblestone” (Orwell, 84). This idea that Winston even thought to bash someones head in because he may be turned in to the police represents the oppression the law has on all its citizens. Once Julia has given Winston the note that says ‘I love you’ on it, they begin meeting each other in private, but Winston is not sexually attracted to Julia like she is to him; “Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow against the part. It was a political act” (Orwell, 104). In 1984 relationships are forbidden, unless to only reproduce children for the party, making Winston and Julia’s relationship extremely