"The sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion. Desire was thoughtcrime."  Explain.Explain, with reference to the Party's beliefs & Winston's experience its in Chapter 6 i think cos my...

"The sexual act, successfully performed, was rebellion. Desire was thoughtcrime."  Explain.

Explain, with reference to the Party's beliefs & Winston's experience

its in Chapter 6 i think cos my paper says ch6

 

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In this society, a major goal of the Party is to make sure that people have no loyalty to anything but the Party.  To accomplish this, one thing it does is to try to destroy personal feelings  and emotions other than the ones the Party produces (Two Minutes Hate, for example).

So, if the Party is trying to get you not to have feelings for other people, then sexual desire and true sexual intimacy are things that go against what the Party wants (and that makes them crimes).

Winston says that this is why his life married to Katharine was not satisfying (emotionally and sexually).  She was too conditioned by the Party to want to sleep with him.

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