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Posted December 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM via iOS

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What is ironic (and even funny) about Winston's thoughts when Julia hands him a note in 1984?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 3, 2013 at 6:42 AM (Answer #1)

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What is ironic about this particular section of the novel is the way that when Winston sees Julia striding towards him as they are together in this corridor, he sees her as a figure representing danger as well as also a figure who has just fallen and hurt herself. Note how this is described:

A curious emotion stirred in Winston's heart. In front of him was an enemy who was trying to kill him: in front of him, also, was a human creature, in pain and perhaps with a broken bone.

The irony is based around the way in which Julia is at one level the character who will be responsible for Winston's downfall, as it is through pursuing their relationship together that he is caught. Therefore, Julia is his enemy in more ways that Winston is aware of. Also, it is ironic because he assumes Julia is a supporter of Big Brother and therefore his enemy, when in fact she is just as opposed to Big Brother as he is.

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