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In the book 1984 how are Julia and Winston alike in terms of rebellious acts they...

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lez1216 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2009 at 5:25 AM via web

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In the book 1984 how are Julia and Winston alike in terms of rebellious acts they commit?

examples of how winston and julia comitted rebellious acts?? and how their ager difference  play in definig their political beliefs?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM (Answer #1)

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Julia appears to be consumed with a desire to do wrong, to stand up to the party by sleeping around, by bedding members of the party, and then gets herself involved with "the brotherhood" because it also seems risky and wrong.  She does not, however, like Winston have any sort of a political sense, the idea that somehow she could inspire real change by helping the proles rise up, etc.  Hers is simply a desire, like the previous post says, to slap Big Brother.

But the release and the joy they find in breaking the laws together is something they share, not just the physical pleasure of their illicit affair but the fact that they are sharing in their crime, doing something together.  It is this sense of togetherness that is lost in the end after their torture when they realize that they only care about themselves.

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zales90 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 21, 2009 at 5:43 AM (Answer #2)

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-being with each other (having sex, secret notes, meeting up, being in love)

-going to the room Winston rented and buying food on the black market, Julia putting on make-up, Winston and his journal

-not to mention a whole lot of thought crime

In their last time together in the rented room Winston tells Julia your only a rebel from the waist down. Julia is young full of life, and wants to damage the party in slaps (brief isolated yet wrong acts) and she is only really wants to affect herself.

yet Winston is older and more mature he would want to effect change for all. He doesn't want to slap big brother he was so see him dead. due to his age Winston has vague yet powerful memories (for him) of how it was before Big Brother.

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