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Discuss the relationship between Winston and Julia in 1984.

The relationship between Winston and Julia in 1984 begins as primarily physical, and they enjoy violating the laws of the Party by being together. However, their relationship develops into love, which is ultimately destroyed by the Party when they betray each other at the end.

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Winston initially dislikes and fears Julia, assuming she is an enthusiastic Party member and even suspecting that she may be one of the Thought Police. It is safe to say that if the matter had been left up to Winston, their relationship would have remained on the level of fantasy. It is she who always takes the lead, first in declaring her feelings for him and then in arranging their meetings. This is partly because she is a more dynamic and adventurous character than Winston, but also because she is the veteran of so many such assignations that she has lost count of them. It is a mark of the way that politics warps ordinary human emotions that Winston feels no jealousy or insecurity about her promiscuity but welcomes it as a sign of political rebellion. The two of them understand each other perfectly on this point:

“Listen. The more men you've had, the more I love you. Do you understand that?”

“Yes, perfectly.”

“I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don't want any virtue to exist...

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