In 1984, does Julia truly love Winston?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

This is an interesting question. 1984 is told from Winston's point of view so that we never really get inside Julia's head. How do we even know what love means to her? What we know is that she is a down-to-earth, pragmatic person who wants to have a good time. She doesn't care about politics and doesn't share Winston's passionate interest in history. So it would be easy for to her to see her affair with Winston as just another in a long line of casual flings that perk up her life. We would also be suspicious of her love if we heard about it secondhand from Winston: after it, it would be what he most wanted to believe--and Julia would have an interest in having him believe it as well.

Yet the novel...

(The entire section contains 395 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team