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How are the novel's main ideas [e.g. the dangers of a totalitarian society] explored...

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J6 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM via web

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How are the novel's main ideas [e.g. the dangers of a totalitarian society] explored through the intense relationships portrayed in the novel?

 

How do they enable the reader to explore the novel's context and main ideas?

Examples of the intense relationships?

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

Posted May 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the ways that the novel explores or demonstrates the effect of the totalitarian regime is through the intense relationship that Winston and Julia get into and the way that relationship falls apart under the pressure of the capture and subsequent torture they face.

Winston's relationship with his wife seems almost to be an afterthought, something that happened but it was just like most other things in his life, drab, repetitive, not really worth examining.  He and his wife didn't share any real passion and they drifted apart quickly.

He and Julia of course begin their relationship with an intensity that belies his age and their passion is directed not just towards each other but also in a sense against the regime, their act is so forbidden and such a revolutionary thing it increases the intensity of it.

But it is also not strong enough to stand up to the eventuality of Big Brother and the Party.  As with most things in the novel, human passions are no match for the power of the Party.

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