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What is the juxtaposition at the end of Book 2, Chapter 1 of 1984?

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mjhaybee | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 1, 2009 at 9:58 AM via web

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What is the juxtaposition at the end of Book 2, Chapter 1 of 1984?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 1, 2009 at 10:29 AM (Answer #1)

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There are two juxtapositions I see at the end of this chapter.

  • Winston feels that he knows Julia's hand really well -- so well that he could know it if he saw it -- but he doesn't even know what color her eyes are.
  • Winston and Julia are holding hands, but instead of looking into Julia's eyes, he is looking into the eyes of the prisoner.

The first of these shows us how much Winston and Julia have to hide what they're doing.  The second is symbolic of their status in society.  It's saying that even though they are trying to fight back (by holding hands and having their affair) they are really just prisoners like the guy on the truck.

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soccrkidz13 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 15, 2011 at 10:22 AM (Answer #2)

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^you know thats right

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