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jaybieber24 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM via web

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Why are romantic relationships taboo? Explain based on winstons life

I'm not exactly sure what taboo is so it's hard for me personally to understand.

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM (Answer #1)

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Romantic relationship as part of "ownlife."  The state allows sex/romance for procreation and procreation only ... it's almost your duty to the state.  Despite their attempt to "legislate" romance/sex out of their lives, they are unsuccessful.  Winston is allowed to have a "quickie" with a prostitute, largely because there is no connection to it.  On the other hand, his relationship with Julia is a threat because it is actually more important to him that his life; he knows this is thoughtcrime and that it will lead to his demise, yet he goes ahead and does it anyway.  On the other hand, Julia is interested in sex in and for itself; Winston sees some rebellion against the state in their relationship, but she is not interested in any of those ideas.  While he is "absorbing" the Goldstein "document," she sleeps.  Only the proles can have romantic relationships because they are totally harmless; despite Winston's dream that there is hope in the proles, we know that there is none, so they are free to do whatever they want.

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