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In 1984, when Winston said to Julia, "Your only a rebel from the waist downwards", what...

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lulubear327 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted December 11, 2011 at 6:51 AM via web

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In 1984, when Winston said to Julia, "Your only a rebel from the waist downwards", what did he mean?


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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 11, 2011 at 6:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Winston is insinuating that Julia is only capable of rebelling with her body, not her heart or mind. Winston enjoys the rebellion of her body because it is in the act of sex that she primarily rebels. However, as Winston tries to encourage Julia to think about Goldstein's book or to think about the possibility of joining the Brotherhood, her only interest in it is to satisfy him. Ideologically, she is not old enough to remember what the world was like before the hostile dictatorship of the alleged Big Brother.

Winston becomes more human throughout the majority of Book 2. This is due, in large part, to Julia. He is experiencing a relationship that he failed to ever have before. This comment comes as a result of Winston longing for the next piece of human intimacy: companionship. Winston longs for someone who will think similarly and be capable of discussion about the conditions of the world they live in.

Julia has been a rebel with her body with scores of men. She goes to meetings with the Anti-Sex League just to throw off the Thought Police.


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