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1984 Male-Female Relationships in Literature

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Annie Bostanian

on 28 May 2013

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Transcript of 1984 Male-Female Relationships in Literature

1984 Male-Female Relationships
in Literature Why are people drawn
to the story? Comparison to Other Love Stories Romeo & Juliet Katniss & Peeta How they are alike? The love between Winston and Julia is strangely inciting Reflects pure human desire Winston's side of the relationship Relationship between
Winston & Julia George Orwell's 1984 is a masterpiece of writing. However if the romantic relationship between Winston and Julia is examined more critically, several clues suggest that the relationship is very weak, lustful and selfish for both parties.

Both Winston and Julia aren't really in love. They are actually in this relationship for much weaker and selfish reasons. -He only engaged in a relationship as a form of rebellion against Big Brother.

-Winston's character has been defined as a person who would jump at any chance to rebel and his relationship with Julia is a prime example of this. I personally am drawn to the story for the intriguing dystopian world it is based in.

It is a well fleshed out world, from the Proles to the Inner Party. It is an intriguingly dystopian world where great strides must be taken to conceal intimate relationships of every kind.

The constant feeling of hopelessness and pain is always the looming shadow that everyone is forced to live under. It is truly an amazingly intriguing world that George Orwell created. The book constantly tries to make you sympathetic for these two as the struggle against the world. It instills a shred of hope for the world, that Big Brother isn't all powerful. But people know it won't end happily.

Orwell takes the only shred of hope the book gives you and promptly destroys it. It isn't a classic tale of good beating evil. That is why so many people are drawn to the story -People are driven to their utmost instincts -They’re adults, but they their relationship is like one between adolescents Romeo and Juliet are two of the most famous lovers in history. Romeo starts the play infatuated with Rosaline, a girl with no interest in him. Peeta has been in love with Katniss since the day he met her. I guess we can say it was "love at first sight". Why love & friendship
cannot exist in Oceania Why can’t love exist in 1984? Key Points -People are trained to have no thoughts of their own and low attention spans.

-A relationship must be built on mutual interests and an ability to communicate

-You can’t love someone that you can’t share your thoughts with

-Low attention span results in an inability to properly connect with others – Winston and Julia -Made to feel ashamed of intimacy

-How can you have a relationship without intimacy?

-Intimacy builds stronger relationships

-Shame can lead to the end of a relationship – Winston and his wife How they are alike? How they are not alike After mere seconds on torture he is already screaming out, "Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don't care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!" (Orwell 286). -Purely in a relationship with Winston motivated by lust. -Without even talking to him once, she decides that she is in love with him. -She has entered relationships with dozens of different men just because she desired a physical relationship. -This is one of the signs of an intimate relationship that lacks love. Julia's side of the relationship
Julia is motivated Into a relation ship with Winston for purely lustful reasons. Winston is willing to do anything that involves rebelling against the ideals of Big Brother, even if it involves loving someone he isn't in love with.

The progression of the romance itself shows how truly false the romance is. The relationship between them is anything but a loving one. "I hate purity. I hate goodness. I don't want any virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones." (Orwell 125).

This implies that Winston would have entered a relationship with anyone with even the slightest hint of corruption as long as he was likely to not get caught. By this logic his "love" for Julia is extremely weak yet, he has deluded himself into believing he is completely in love with Julia in the most meaningful relationship possible, all because he can rebel against Big Brother through her. Inside Winston's head -Because he betrayed Julia, he never truly loved her in the first place. -They constantly promised each other that no matter what happens to them, they will never, ever betray each other to the thought police. 1984 vs. The Hunger Games Telescreens Cameras Totalitarianism President Snow Big Brother Peacekeepers Thought Police District 12 Oceania The Hunger Games 1984 They were willing to die together at the end, for the sake of rebelling against the Capitol. They've been through a lot together and yet they never betrayed each other in any way. Peeta joins other districts in order to protect Katniss and keep them from finding and harming her. He gave up before the pain had even touched him. If he truly had been in love with Julia, it would have motivated him to at least try to endure the pain. His "true-love-at-first-sight" encounter with Juliet seems like it could be just another case of puppy love. -In the hormone-charged atmosphere of Romeo and Juliet, it seems that pretty much everything is about sex. Dystopia Deprived of what they want/need The reader feels for the characters and wants them to succeed -You want to see their love concur over the corruption of the government -Arguably believable that they truly love each other
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