How is Julia a rebel in George Orwell's 1984?  I am writing an essay that asks "Is Julia a rebel from the waist down". I agree that Julia does use her sexuality to rebel against the party,...

How is Julia a rebel in George Orwell's 1984? 

I am writing an essay that asks "Is Julia a rebel from the waist down". I agree that Julia does use her sexuality to rebel against the party, however I also believe that she rebels in other ways too. 

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Yes, Julia is a rebel. Her reasons for rebelling, though, are less grandiose than Winston's. Winston wants to change society through his rebellion, but Julia basically wants to break rules for the sake of breaking rules since she hates the Party.

I like your premise for your essay. Is your question going to be your attention getting statement or your thesis? I like it as the thesis, but I would word it as two sided. "Although some readers see Julia as a pants down rebel, in reality her rebellion runs much deeper than that." Something like that anyway. Get the second half to really say what you want. You stated in your question that you already think she is a rebel in other ways, so go with a statement that supports your thoughts. 

As for how you see her as more of a rebel is up to you. There is no doubting that she uses her sexuality to rebel. She claims to have had sex with multiple party members. But what makes her sexual rebellion more than just sex is the fact that she wears the Party's red belt of chastity. That's an outright lie which is a big no no for the Party and thought police. Another way that she rebels against the Party is by faking her fervor during the two minutes of hate. Basically what Julia is doing with that and the red belt is trying to take Party attention off of her, so that she can continue her little rule breaking habits and her anti Party thoughts.

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