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Who is Katharine in 1984?

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bwad07 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2007 at 7:08 AM via web

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Who is Katharine in 1984?

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yamaguchityler | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM (Answer #4)

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Since eNotes already has a great character description and analysis for each character in the novel, I will post it here for your convenience. 

Katharine is 

"Winston’s wife. She was a tall, fair-haired girl, and, according to Winston, remarkably vulgar and stupid. Technically, he is still married to her, though they’ve lost track of each other. They parted ways about ten or eleven years before, after only fifteen months of marriage, when they realized that she could not get pregnant by him. The Party has declared that the only reason for marriage is procreation, and in fact it is illegal to have sex simply for pleasure. Therefore, there was no reason for Winston and Katharine to stay together. The Party does not believe in divorce, just separation, so Winston and Katharine just sort of drifted apart.

Readers only see Katharine through Winston’s memory of her, and her main purpose in the novel is to show how the Party destroys love, sex, and loyalty between husband and wife."

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM (Answer #5)

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She is Winston's wife. There is nothing much to her, as she has become and or symbolizes a standard and or ideal product of the Party, and that they are devoid of emotions. They are just cogs in a big system for the Party that runs Oceania and there is no individualism in each part,

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a-b | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 28, 2007 at 12:59 PM (Answer #1)

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Katherine is Winston's wife. They are technically married, but haven't seen each other for awhile. Winston describes her as vulgar and stupid.

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khenson | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 23, 2007 at 11:00 AM (Answer #2)

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Katherine is Winston's wife. Since the party does not allow divorce, they are still legally married.
Winston reflects on Katherine's lack of emotion several times through the novel, often comparing the daring Julia to his frigid wife.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2009 at 11:25 PM (Answer #3)

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She is Wilson's wife but isn't talked very much in the book. They were legally married, but since the party disallows divorce, even though he had sex with Julia, they technically were married to each other, and the fact would still remained as the truth.

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