Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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George Orwell has created two main characters that have conflicting traits believe in the idea of love in a world where it is forbidden. Although both are secret rebels of the Party and share the same hatred for the Party’s totalitarian power, Julia and Winston display a remarkable number of differences between each other. The differences between them include their morality, their motivation towards the rebellion, and their personalities. Julia represents elements of humanity that Winston does not: survival, instincts, pure sexuality and cunning (1984 By George Orwell Character Analysis Julia). Her actions show the lack of an emotional connection to anyone, even Winston. Any feelings of connection she once shared with Winston do not outweigh the fear of her own mortality. Julia is a true survivor and she is willing to perform any act to carry out her self-centered rebellion. She spent an astonishing amount of time in attending lectures and demonstrations, distributing literature for the Junior Anti-Sex League, preparing banners for Hate Week, making collections for the saving campaign, and such like activities. It paid, she said: it was like camouflage. If you kept the small rules you could break the big ones (Orwell 129). She presents herself as a passionate Party follower, but underneath the surface she embodies the spirit of a bird; her desires are to be free and enjoy life. Winston is the complete opposite; he is consciously determined to differentiate fact and fiction .This is shown when Winston learns about Julia’s sexual history. “His heart leapt. Scores of times she had done; he wished it had been hundreds-thousands. Anything that hinted at corruption always filled him with a wild hope”. (Orwell 125). The sudden surpri... ... middle of paper ... ...r problems. Julia maintains her behaviour and is portrayed as calm and collected. “She became alert and businesslike, put her clothes on, knotted the scarlet sash about her waist, and began arranging the details of the journey home.” (Orwell 129) This allows the reader to see that Julia is organized in her life, unlike Winston whose thoughts are scattered. Due to the extreme differences in the couple’s personalities the reader is left to question whether Julia ever loved Winston. Julia embodies the qualities that Winston wishes he has. The differences in their morality, their motivation towards the rebellion and their personalities are the few reasons why they are drawn to each other, but it is bittersweet as their differences cause their downfall. The two characters created by George Orwell needed each other to create a sanctuary from the heartless world of 1984.
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