What does the singing prole woman symbolize and represent for Winston and Julia in 1984?

In 1984, the singing prole woman, primarily for Winston, symbolizes hope and freedom, representing a people that is capable of overthrowing the Party like no other. Despite the fact that the Party does not encourage singing, the prole woman does so anyway, without any apparent fear. Based on her physical description, she also symbolizes fertility and the cyclical nature of life into which new proles will be born, strengthening the hope of a better future.

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We primarily learn what the prole woman hanging laundry and singing means to Winston, as we are not privy to Julia's interiority.

We do learn, however, that on their last day together, shortly before they are arrested, both Winston and Julia watch the prole woman with "fascination." Julia's response, as is typical of her, is more pragmatic than Winston's: Julia notes the large size of the woman's hips.

For Winston, however, she represents the hope of the future because she is a symbol of traditional cultures around the world that go on with their lives as they always have, in a way that can't be penetrated or destroyed by the Party. Winston muses that she represents all the

people who had never learned to think but who were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world. If there was hope, it lay in the proles!

Winston notes, too, that the washerwoman sings in a way that birds do, unconsciously and contently— a way that Party members...

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