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eno18 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:10 AM via web

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Why does Julia find it quite plausible that Winston trust O'Brien on the basis of a look in the Party member's eyes ?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:50 AM (Answer #1)

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The reason for this is that Julia is much more of an impulsive and emotional person than Winston, in my opinion.

Over the course of the book, we see that Winston is more interested in political things than Julia is.  He wants to overthrow the Party because he dislikes its political policies.  He wants to have more freedom and fewer lies.  By contrast, Julia wishes the Party were gone so that she could have more fun on a personal level.  She is not really interested in abstract ideas of rights.

Because Julia has this sort of a personality, she is more impulsive.  Therefore, we are told, she often judges people like that -- just on some sort of a hunch.  Here is a line that shows this:

She was used to judging people by their faces, and it seemed natural to her that Winston should believe O'Brien to be trustworthy on the strength of a single flash of the eyes.

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