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Love and Betrayal English project

1984 and The Handmaid's Tale

Alina Roscoe

on 11 June 2013

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Transcript of Love and Betrayal English project

"Fake it, I scream at myself inside my head. You must remember how. Let's get this over with or you'll be here all night." (Offred, 321)
Love and Betrayal in 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale
Love and Betrayal is the most significant theme in 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale.
> The fear of love and betrayal is always lurking around the corner. This theme is displayed by some of the main characters.
Julia loved Winston so much that she was willing to break the law to be with him. Even if it meant jeopardizing her safety by doing it.
She did this by:
> Holding hands.
> Having sex.
> Meeting at different locations.
Offred loves and trusts Nick to such an extent that she is willing to risk her life to be with him.
The Commander betrays his wife [ Serena Joy ] by cheating on her.
He does this by:

+ Having an affair with Offred.
He plays scrabble with her, gives her gifts, lets her read, takes her out and has sex with her.

+ He also had an affair with previous handmaid's and at another time hired prostitutes.
Winston betrays his mother and sister by taking
food from them. Never being satisfied; always asking for more. His selfishness caused his family to starve even more and even though they all don't have enough to eat. Greedy enough to take their portion in front of them.
> Winston's mother would do what she needed for them. Even breastfeed his two or three year old ailing sister.
> Winston would shout at her getting upset at why there wasn't more food. ( Blamed her )
> Make her pity him to get more than his share.
> The mother told him that his sister was sick and needed food too.
> Winston would try to grab food out of his mother's hand and took bit's from his sister's plate.
> 'Constantly pilfering at the storage of food.'
> The mother other gave him three fourths of the chocolate slab and the other quarter to Winston's sister yet he took all of it and ran off.

“The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you’ve been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil.”
— Offred, The Handmaid’s Tale
" Nature demands variety,
for men. It stands to reason, it's part of the procreational strategy. It's nature's plan. "
- The commander ( Pg. 237 )
I disagree and think that all you need is to use self control; he should drop the excuses and stay faithful to his wife.
> Went back to him on her own. ( She enjoys her time with him )
> Would wear anything for him.
> With him she feels safe.
> Makes him an idol.
> Says she would rather have Nick than freedom.
> Smiles and daydreams.
> Commander is no longer of any interest.
" The fact is that I no longer want to leave, escape, cross the border to freedom. I want to be here, with Nick, where I can get at him. "
- Offred ( Pg. 271 )
" Trust me, he says; which in it's self has never been a talisman, carries no guarantee. " ( Pg. 294 )
Talisman -> Object believed to protect from evil
as it is thought to have protective powers.
"Once they get hold of us there will be nothing, literally nothing, that either of us can do for the other... The one thing that matters is that we shouldn't betray one another, although even that can't make the slightest difference,"(173)
True betrayal is the betrayal of heart.
Winston and Julia's love was not enough to stay loyal to each other after Room 101.
The party accuses all thought criminals of being traitors but turns them into further traitors by torture.
There is no betrayal without trust and trust is becoming increasingly rare.
" ... I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.
- Offred ( Pg. 105 )
Betraying Luke ( sexual betrayal )
Offred betrays her real husband Luke by having a relationship with Nick.
+ There is also love of power and control and betrayal due to fear.
"And I thought afterwards: this is betrayal not the thing itself but my own response. If I knew for certain he's dead would that make a difference?" (Offred, 330)
She sleeps with the commander too but doesn't see that as betrayal because she doesn't feel any attraction towards him.
In the novels the love to fear people to gain control portrayed
The Handmaid's Tail
The Handmaid's Tail
The government loves to have power over Oceania
Create the image of big brother
Arranged Marriages
Men have all the power over women
Women don't have freedom to even read
Women are classified and only able to be with their own kind
Ailing-> Unwell.
Trust is often betrayed in the novels, trust isn't given out because everyone is always watching
Stealing small
amounts of food.
" It was obvious that it ought to be divided into three equal parts. Suddenly, as though he were listening to someone else, Winston heard himself demanding in a loud booming voice that he should be given the whole piece. His mother told him not to be greedy. There was a long, nagging argument that went round and round, with shouts, whines. tears, remonstrances, bargaining." - Winston ( Pg. 162 )
Remonstrances-> Protest against something.
By: Spasimir, Alina and Cassandra.
" You are prepared, the two of you, to separate and never see each other again?"
" No! " broke in Julia. ( Pg. 173 )
Winston says "Has it occurred to you that the best thing for us to do would be simply to walk out of here before it's too late, and never see each other again?"
Then Julia responds saying " Yes, dear, it has occurred to me, several times. But I'm not going to do it, all the same. " ( Pg.165 )
+ Shadow is like betrayal and light is like Love.
Little kids spy on their parents
Camera's are everywhere to watch you
Can't trust anyone other than yourself
"Eyes" watch
If Ofglen did not kill herself, she would have no choice but to confess about Offred
Love is a vague term that is used to describe one of the most important human emotions.
Love in The Handmaid's Tale is shown through:
Offred’s feelings for Luke, her mother, her friendship with Moira, her growing affection for Nick and above all her strong love for her daughter.

Love in 1984 is displayed most obviously with Winston and Julia. Also with the imposed love towards Big Brother and the principles of Ingsoc.
Though betrayal still takes place.
Thanks for listening! : )
"With those kids, he thought, the wretched
women must lead a life of terror. Another year, two years, and they would be watching her
night and day for symptoms of unorthodoxy" (Orwell, 24)
"There seemed to be no color in anything, except the posters that were plastered everywhere. The black mustachioed face gazed down from every commanding corner. There was one on the house-front immediately opposite. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston's own." (Orwell, 1-2)
“The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you've been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil” (Atwood, 242)
The Handmaid's Tale
Offred is forced to act like she loves the Commander when in reality she actually doesn't.
She only pretends to love him because
she doesn't know what might happen if she doesn't cooperate.
She also thinks that he could help her by telling her the truth about what happened to society.
Winston needs love most of all.
Out of desperation Winston tries to feel love again by sleeping with a prostitute.
He does this because he feels lonely and desperate.
Katherine was extremely loyal to the party and she supported forced love. She only supported sex for the survival of Oceania.

"She had two names for it. One was "making a baby," and the other one was "our duty to the Party"" (Orwell, 67)
Forced love is prominent in Oceania and is
necessary for its survival.
It is generally seen among Winston and his wife Katherine.
"And if I talk to him I'll say something wrong, give something away. I can feel it coming a betrayal of myself. I don't want him to know too much." (Offred, 232)
"It makes me feel more in control, as if there is a choice, a decision that could be made one way or the other." (Atwood, 335)
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