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1984 – Winston and Julia’s Relationship: The Lust that Appea

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Monica Patel

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Transcript of 1984 – Winston and Julia’s Relationship: The Lust that Appea

Natural Human Desires:
“[Winston] is ‘corrupt’ in that he still had an active sex drive; he longs for the type of relationship no longer possible in his society” (Moustaki 25).
Ponder on this:
If you had to give up all your rights and freedoms to follow the rules of someone else, how would you feel?
The aspect of love within the Oceania society can never be genuine as long as it is ruled by a totalitarian government. Depicted by its leader, Big Brother, the act of love will never be tolerated by the Party; inducing love to be non-existent.
Natural Human Desires:
“Not merely the love of one person, but the animal instinct, the simple undifferentiated desire: that was the force that would tear the party to pieces” (Orwell 132).

Contrasting Motives:
Contrasting Motives:
“In the old days, he thought, a man looked at a girl’s body, and saw that it was desirable, and that was the end of the story. But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was missed up with fear and hatred. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. It was a blow struck against the Party. It was a political act” (Orwell 133).
“[Winston] has individuality and undying self-determination. Winston embodies the values of a civilized society: democracy, peace, freedom, love and decency” (Moustaki 53).
Winston is an individual who is far more caring towards bringing justice to impact those of the future generations.
Winston appears as a bitter, old man but proves otherwise by understanding that he is a caring, opinionated man trying to bring forth change.
Related to the famous
Hunger Games Series
, as Katniss is a character who goes against the Capital’s morals and teaching to fight for the justice that she believes citizens, in all districts, deserve.
Winston is rebelling against the government in order to bring justice and humanly life back to Oceania.
This relates to the theme rebellion


Winston now decides… to involve another person, a very risky venture considering the political environment in which he lives. Winston’s rebellion against the party… is no longer merely a thoughtcrime, but an overt action involving forbidden behavior with another individual” (Moustaki 29).
During the time where his frustration and hatred towards Big Brother was heightening, he decided to get involved in a sexual relationship with Julia.
Relationship was merely based off his rebellious behaviour rather than having true feelings of love towards Julia.
Connects to
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
, as Nick’s motive to marry Honey was not based off of his true love towards her, but rather the benefits he would obtain in the long run.
This relates to the theme of appearance vs. reality, loyalty.
Contrasting Motives:
“It soon becomes clear to Winston that this woman, though fifteen years his junior, is far more experienced than he is skirting the system and interested more in manipulating it cynically than in changing it or revealing its flaws” (Bloom 30).
Julia is more focused on her personal gains rather than the benefit of others who feel the same hatred towards Big Brother.
Those who do not have the courage to take action cannot get a taste of justice.
Julia's self-centered and selfish reasons, to engage in a sexual relationship with Winston, leads her to rebels solely for her gain.
This relates to Hamlet, as Claudius commits murder for personal benefits. Claudius was forbidden the right to rule Denmark so, he plotted the murder of his brother.
This relates to Julia and how her acts of rebellion, by having sex, if for self-satisfaction.
This relates to the theme of rebellion and appearance vs. reality.
1984 – Winston and Julia’s Relationship: The Lust that Appears as Love
Winston and Julia’s relationship is falsified as it is solely constructed due to their natural human instincts to pursue each other. Furthermore, by having completely contrasting motives they build up their relationship while remaining on totally different pages. Finally, Winston and Julia’s struggle to maintain their lie of loving each other leads to intensifying acts of betrayal.
He realizes that Julia, who is part of the Junior Anti-Sex League, is rebelling, in her own way, against the system by engaging in multiple affairs.
Sex, a human nature, was an aspect of his life that was missing and he desired, as showcased through his encounter with the old party women.
This relates to the theme of sexuality.
Deprived of taking part in this normal human nature, both Winston and Julia’s desire for this forbidden act increases.
Winston and Julia, sex becomes something that is neither lust nor love and becomes a way for them to go against Big Brother.
Connects to
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie,
once the mouse was given something that he normally would not receive, which was a cookie, he wanted more.
Relates to Winston's hunger to go against the government strengthens through his increasing wants to meet up with Julia, frequently, solely for the purpose of sex.
Winston and Julia have committed a sinful crime of having sex, solely for pleasure.
Ironic because Winston does not receive physical pleasure but rather the pleasure of rebelling against the government.
Winston’s motive to live the life of the past, gives him a reason to rebel against Big Brother.
This relates to the theme of sexuality, rebellion
“You were the dead; theirs was the future. But you could share in that future if you kept the mind as they kept alive the body, and passed on the secret doctrine that two plus two make four. ‘We are the dead,’ he said. ‘We are the dead,’ echoed Julia” (Orwell 230).
Both Winston and Julia have different motives for rebelling but this is the first moment where both Winston and Julia are accepting their betrayal to one another.
Foreshadowing upcoming events of betrayal.
This relates to the theme of acceptance and betrayal.

“He remembers seeing Julia one more time, out in public; the landscape around them was dull, dirty, blasted. They touched briefly and were repulsed by one another. She said she had betrayed him, and he told her the same. He wanted nothing more than to get away from her” (Bloom 41).
First time where Winston and Julia accept that they do not have any sort feelings for one another, which questions their previous love relationships.
If true love, the intensity of their separation, there would be some sort of feelings that would resurface. Such as emotions of guilt and sadness.
This relates to the theme of betrayal and loyalty.

“And perhaps... you just said it to make them stop and didn’t really mean it. But that isn’t true. At the time when it happens you do mean it… You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself” (Orwell 305).
Despite trying to make something out of a lie, Winston and Julia realise that the truth was inevitable.
Julia and Winston are incapable of reaching the level of true love as their bond is easily broken as soon as they are interrogated.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
, and study the relationship between Martha and George. Despite all the bickering, Martha and George seem to end up in a happy place, content with each other at the end, due to their strong love bond.
Since Julia and Winston fail to reach this state despite all the torture they have experienced, their love is falsified and showcases several acts of betrayal.

“‘I have seldom seen anyone come over to us so promptly… All her rebelliousness, her deceit, her folly, her dirty-mindless-everything has been burned out of her. It was a perfect conversion, a textbook case’” (Orwell 271).
Julia’s interrogation was references as a “textbook case” indicating that she obeyed immediately.
If she truly loved Winston it would have token her time to reveal the truth and stay loyal to her partner.
Winston’s first question after his torture was towards his curiosity to Room 101, not Julia.
This relates to the theme of betrayal, mind control, and appearance vs. reality.

“The destruction of personality…by the erosion of personal identity in Oceania,, an erosion accomplished by the steady chipping away of memory by its institutions, by doublethink and the memory hole and the Ministry of Truth” (Bloom 59).
O’Brien is of great importance to Winston and Julia’s relationship as he is the sneaky, tiny man who is aware of everything.
O’Brien is the mastermind behind Winston and Julia’s relationship as he fuels fire to their lie, of loving each other, by basically giving them consensus to have sex as he is aware of their affair but chooses not to take action, until later on.
This relates to
, as Polonius influenced Ophelia’s life in a way where all her decisions were based off his views and opinions.
Polonius and O’Brien’s controlling characteristics allows them to control lives in order to create a reality that they believe is beneficial to them.
This relates to the theme of manipulation, power, mind control, betrayal and appearance vs. reality.

Visual Representation for Winston and Julia's Relationship
Throughout the novel, 1984, readers are able to understand the truth behind Winston and Julia's falsified relationship. Through acts of betrayal towards one another Winston and Julia are portrayed as less committed to each other, finally revealing their lie of loving each other. Also, by having very differing motives Winston and Julia remain imbalance towards the understanding of their relationship. Finally, their desire to pursue in this relationship is merely based off of their natural human desires towards sex. All in all, Winston and Julia's relationship is proven to be one of lust, not true love
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