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In 1984, how are Julia's and Winston's views towards rebellion against the party alike, and how are they different?

Julia and Winston both believe that the tyranny of the Party needs to be brought to an end. They have a commitment to freedom and realize that so long as the Party is in charge, there will be no freedom. That said, there are differences in their respective outlooks. Winston's rebellion against the Party is personal and political, whereas for Julia, it's almost entirely personal. She's not interested in the theoretical side to rebellion.

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For Winston Smith, the personal is very much the political. He makes no distinction between the two in rebelling against the Party. Deep within his soul, he still harbors a little spark of individuality, and he's determined to ensure that it lives on, even if only flickers in the face of constant repression. Winston has a passionate yearning to be free; and he knows that he can only be free if the Party's tyrannical rule is overthrown.

So, he commits himself to rebellion. But not just for its own sake; he wants to establish a new system of government in place of the present one-party state. To this end, Winston is deeply impressed by the ideas of Emmanuel Goldberg, Public Enemy Number One in Oceania. He also reflects deeply on the role of the Proles, whom he believes to be the only truly revolutionary class left in society.

Julia also has a commitment to rebelling against the Party. Like Winston, she's acutely aware of the great evil represented by the Party and all it stands for. But for...

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