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...

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The singing prole represents a life style which Winston and Julia can only dream about. It is a lifestyle of such simplicity that the only thing one needs to worry about is the simple things like getting the clothes washed and dry. It also involves a family and love for their family. Being party members love is not allowed (which is why they have to be secret about it) and in the proles life there is a certain amount of strength in the sense that their lives aren't as controlled and they are capable of being more allowed to think as they wish.

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