In George Orwell's 1984, How does Julia explain the Party's sexual puritanism?  

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Unlike Winston, Julia fully grasps the Party's agenda regarding sexual puritanism and displays her acute awareness of the subject by explaining to Winston how the Party suppresses citizens' sexual desires to create an atmosphere of hysteria directed towards the Party's political opponents. Julia explains to Winston that the Party wants the populace full of energy at all times and believes that if Party members are sexually satisfied, they will lose their motivation to work or engage in community functions that benefit the government's agenda. Julia tells Winston,

If you’re happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother and the Three-Year Plans and the Two Minutes Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot? (167)

Essentially, Julia understands that the Party purposely bottles up its members' sexual impulses and directs their repressed emotions towards Oceania's enemies, effectively creating a hysterical environment. Repressed sexual impulses manifest as rage and anger,...

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