Compare and contrast Julia and Winston. How does each rebel against the party? Are these rebellions at all effective? 

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Julia and Winston’s differing attitudes to the Party and the ways in which they rebel against it are outlined in chapter 3 of 1984. Julia’s view is straightforward:

Life as she saw it was quite simple. You wanted a good time; “they," meaning the Party, wanted to stop you having it; you broke the rules as best you could. She seemed to think it just as natural that "they" should want to rob you of your pleasures as that you should want to avoid being caught.

Orwell goes on to say that Julia has no interest in politics and regards any organized revolt against the Party as stupid and certain to fail. The clever thing to do is to break the rules and get away with it. Julia enjoys her sexual defiance of the Party for its own sake, as well as for the sake of breaking the Party’s rules.

Winston’s rebellion, by contrast, is political and cerebral. Like Julia, he does not believe the Party can be beaten and says that it is better to regard yourself as dead as soon as you begin to rebel....

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