Not merely the love of one person, but the animal instinct, the simple undifferentiated desire: that was the force that would tear the Party to piecesCan some one please give me a short explanation...

Not merely the love of one person, but the animal instinct, the simple undifferentiated desire: that was the force that would tear the Party to pieces

Can some one please give me a short explanation to what this quote means?

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mehstupidthings | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Basically it's saying that being human can take down the Party. The party can't control the basic instinct that is ingrained in all of us - the need for connection, love, pleasure etc. The thing that the Party fears the most is not being able to control everything/everyone - and control is everything. So the Party tries to by making sex something percieved as only a duty and otherwise a very "dirty" thing. It then stems all of the unused energy (that would've otherwise been used for sex) into rallies and whatnot for Party propoganda (a point raised by Julia somewhere in part 2 of the book).

Another thing is that supports my beginning statement is when Winston writes "If there is any hope, it lies in the proles" and then later he says (paraphrased) "the proles are human. we are hardened".

That's just a simple take on what that quote means (to me). That animal instincts (AKA sex) is a lapse in the Party's control and therefore a way to bring down the Party.

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mehstupidthings | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Basically it's saying that being human can take down the Party. The party can't control the basic instinct that is ingrained in all of us - the need for connection, love, pleasure etc. The thing that the Party fears the most is not being able to control everything/everyone - and control is everything. So the Party tries to by making sex something percieved as only a duty and otherwise a very "dirty" thing. It then stems all of the unused energy (that would've otherwise been used for sex) into rallies and whatnot for Party propoganda (a point raised by Julia somewhere in part 2 of the book).

Another thing is that supports my beginning statement is when Winston writes "If there is any hope, it lies in the proles" and then later he says (paraphrased) "the proles are human. we are hardened, not human". And therefore they are the force that takes down the Party. The Proles are people who are basically just normal people, and their lives are hardly controlled by the Party in terms of thought police etc. So yeah they take down the Party.

That's just a simple take on what that quote means (to me). That animal instincts (AKA sex) is a lapse in the Party's control and therefore a way to bring down the Party.

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saraadel | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Simply saying the party wanted to drag the peoples attention and feeling towards them. They didn't want there to be friendshipsor love.  Simple things like love relations would make them think of other things but the party and big brother. But if they lived like robbots or senseless. And that was why Winston seperated from his wife Kathrine ,as if she had no feelings. we should take into consideration that the first thing he did along with Julia was going far to have sex and prove themselves as humans.

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