How do Winston and Julia feel about each other, and why do they feel this way?

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One of the most pervasive themes in 1984 is the way in which there are no purely personal relationships or emotions in a totalitarian state. Every feeling that anyone has is an impulse for or against the Party: if not enthusiastically for it then implicitly against it. Winston and Julia love each other, but they feel this way largely because they hate Big Brother and the Party so intensely.

The first time Winston and Julia make love, she tells him that she has done this before hundreds or, at any rate, scores of times. Winston’s heart leaps, and he tells her that the more sex she has had, the more he loves her. This complete inversion of the traditional prejudice in favor of female purity and even virginity is a reaction against the Party. The Party wants Julia to be pure and chaste. Winston, therefore, wants the opposite. Sex with Katharine, his wife, for the purposes of reproduction, was “our duty to the Party.” Sex with Julia is an act of rebellion. As Julia herself points out, it...

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