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

Julia explains the Party's sexual puritanism as representing the Party’s need for total control and, even more, its intended use of sexual privation to induce hysteria. The latter is crucial, because it could be transformed into war fever and worship of a leader.

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In 1984, Julia’s hatred of the Party is played out through her commitment to undermining its rules, because she sees open rebellion as futile. These attitudes support her engaging in clandestine sexual activity. The narrator states that for Julia, “everything always came back to her own sexuality.” (Part 2, chapter 3). She explains to Winston that sexual puritanism serves the Party’s interests in several ways. One important aspect is the Party’s need to exert total control over everyone. What is more important, she maintains, is that the Party understands the application of sexual energy into other domains. The hysteria induced by sexual privation is needed for generating “war fever and leader worship.”

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