Why is the age difference between Winston and Julia significant?
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I would say that it is important because she energizes him in a way. Winston does have the guts to start the diary even before he meets Julia, but in a way he almost seems to have given up. She's so much younger and so much more vital than him and so she gives him a new sense of youth and possibility.
In many cases, an older person comes to see life differently through a younger person's eyes. Young people usually do not accept the world as older people do. Young people are often idealistic and optimistic, and want to bring about change. Being around them can make older people want change again.
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