The reader can explore the novel's context & main ideas through intense relationships. To what extent do you agree with this statement?I'm not sure how to include the novel's context into the...

The reader can explore the novel's context & main ideas through intense relationships. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

I'm not sure how to include the novel's context into the relationships the characters have with each other. Like how is Winston and Julia's relationship related to the novel's context? Can you help by telling me how, and maybe a thesis too? Thank-you!

1 Answer | Add Yours

ckharber's profile pic

ckharber | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

The relationship that Winston and Julia have is tinged with the overbearing presence of the Party. They must conduct their love affair in secret because the Party prohibits sex. The couple must always be worried about getting caught and getting in trouble. They have to conduct themselves with fear and cannot truly get comfortable in their relationship. The novel's context plays a major role in the relationship of Winston and Julia because it is about the government's overbearing presence in the lives of the citizens. It is especially present in the specific lives of Winston and Julia because they are both workers for the Party. Winston works on the historical documents for the Party and Julia is a mechanic for the novel-writing machines.

Their relationship is one of rebellion against the Party and they are both united in their hatred of their government and their desire to fight back. They work together for a common goal, protecting each other from the Party. The two must be cautious not to get discovered by the Party because they could get punished. Because of this knowledge, it would be difficult to allow themselves to fall in love. 

In the end, the Party prevents Winston and Julia from being happy together. The two are separated by their government, Winston is taken to the Ministry of Love and later to Room 101 where he is tortured to the point of betraying Julia. He tells Big Brother to punish her and not him. This immense betrayal is the climax of Winston and Julia's relationship as it relates to the context of the novel because Winston realizes his love for Julia cannot withstand the control that Big Brother has over him. 

Sources:

We’ve answered 318,994 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question