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How Are Winston And Julia Betrayed

How are Julia and Winston betrayed in 1984?

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Winston and Julia got involved in an affair, an act which the Party prohibited. The Party ideals advocated for hatred and banned promiscuity among its members. This means that they were doing something wrong and if caught they would be eliminated. They therefore sought to keep their involvement clandestine and Winston rented a room on top of a junk shop owned by Mr. Charrington, the individual who had previously sold him a diary. The two continue to meet in this room where they discussed very serious matters including their intention to join the Brotherhood, an outlaw group led by Goldstein, enemy of the people. They later met O’Brien who recruited them into the Brotherhood. However, during one of their secret meetings in the rented room, Julia and Winston were arrested. They were betrayed by Mr. Charrington who was actually an undercover member of the Thought Police and O’Brien who was a devoted Inner Party member. Ironically, following their arrest, Winston was tortured by O’Brien himself in a bid to cure him. During an unplanned meeting between Julia and Winston they both admit to having given in and betrayed their love.

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Winston and Julia are betrayed by O'Brien, Mr. Charrington, and the thought-police. They are betrayed because they all allow Winston and Julia to rent a room in Charrington's shop where they carry out the physical aspects of their clandestine affair and they implicate themselves inextricably. When the iron voice behind the picture orders them to "remain exactly where you are. Make no movement until you are ordered" (230) they realize they have been betrayed. Betrayal also occurs later in the novel when Winston is interrogated in Room 101. He betrays Julia and tries to blame everything on her.

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