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1984 Comparison Final
In 1984 by George Orwell, Winston Smith feels that he has finally met Julia, who he can relate to in ways such as rebelling against the Party. Although they share and relate to various subjects, Julia and Win ston however are very different in ways including actions, thoughts, and feelings. Orwell describes the lovers as people who contradict in many ways but come together with a one central thought, that they hate the Party.
Julia and Winston differ regarding their thoughts on the Party. Although both Julia and Winston experience the same hatred towards Big Brother, their thoughts and reasons don't agree. While Winston preoccupies himself with digging up the past and finding out what the government has hidden from them, Julia doesn't seem to show much care in what the Party does to their society. She has no particular reason to rebel against the government except for the reason being that she does it for her own pleasure. This starts to bother Winston and even tells her that she is "only a rebel from the waist down" (Orwell 168). The statement does not even come across as an insult to her because she is only interested in her relationship with Winston. "She hated the Party, and she said so in the crudest words, but she made no general criticism of it." (Orwell 116). This proves that Julia is not as interested in overthrowing the Party through indirect characterization. Contrarily, Winston is constantly worrying about the Thought Police picking up on his illegal thoughts or the Party finding out about his relationship.
Through character analysis, they both show distinctions in their personalities. Julia is more free spirited, adventurous and takes risks. She is not concerned about what the Party is essentially doing to the people and fairly selfish, engrossed in rebelling with Winston only for the pleasures to be gained. She had her first affair when she was 16 with an old man who later committed suicide in fear of getting arrested. For example, when Winston asks Julia if she has had sex before, she answers with "Of course. Hundreds of times-well, scores of times anyway" (Orwell 109). She resorts to violence quicker than Winston and uses ill words to describe the government. "Julia, however, seemed unable to mention the party, and especially the inner party, without using the kind of words you saw chalked up in dripping alleyways." (Orwell 108). She busies herself with community service and other orthodox activities so t hat she can escape the Party's T houghtcrime radar. Contrastingly, Winston was always contemplative and curious, desperate to understand how and why the Party exercises such absolute power in Oceania. He lives h is life constantly dreading Big Brother, calculating his actions and repeatedly worries about getting caught by the Thought Police.
With a further look into character depiction, Winston and Julia contrast in their appearance. From his physical description, he is described as a thirty-nine-year-old man who is run down and unhealthy whereas Julia is youthful and active. "His veins had swelled with the effort of the cough, and the varicose ulcer had started itching" (Orwell 27). Winston is introduced as weak and vulnerable but when he sees Julia for the first time, he wants to kill her because she was young and pretty.
Some similarities they share is that they both despise the Party and are rebellious towards Big Brother. Their love was a form of rebellion and it began with the note she gave him saying "I love you" (Orwell 95). Winston was a married man and while they knew that having an affair was the biggest crime anyone could commit, they continued anyway. He constantly thought about overthrowing the Par ty while having his secret affair with Julia and expresses that he hates purity and goodness. The reason is because if Julia were to be virtuous, then she would be considered as every other woman living in the society. "'Listen. The more men you've had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?'" (Orwell 111). He loved Julia because he had someone to relate to on
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