Julia and Winston
This paper is a discussion of how Julia and Winston differ in terms of their political and ethical views, their feelings about history and their political values. Julia is Winston’s lover and the only other person who Winston can be sure hates the Party and wishes to rebel against it as he does. Whereas Winston is restless, fatalistic, and concerned about large-scale social issues. She represents the elements of humanity that Winston does not: pure sexuality, cunning, and survival. While Winston simply manages to survive, Julia is a true survivalist, using any means necessary to conduct her self-centered rebellion. Her demeanor is that of a zealous Party follower, but just under that thin surface is an individual with unchecked human desires and a willful spirit, which ultimately results in her capture. Julia displays other male aggressive characteristics throughout the novel as well, such as when she initiated contact through her ‘I love you’ note (114). She goes against typical female roles even further when, with ‘military precision’, she details out exactly how she and Winston would meet (115).
Julia is more intuitive and realistic than Winston. Her understanding of the party is far much better than Winston’s and is cunning is ways that she disobeys party doctrine. Whereas Winston is emotional about the party and it foreseeable downfall, Julia thinks than he’s feeling are just fantasy and is apathetic to the party’s dogma. She makes herself busy with getting around the party, unlike Winston who wish to attack it. She uses sex to attack the party which is not as effective as love. When the two finally fall in love, the commit the biggest offense against the party. Julia shows Winston, who once imagined raping and killing her, that the Party cannot get to the most intimate places in a human being's mind; she is his proof that the feelings that he has been having are valid. Julia gives...