What are some theories about Julia from the book 1984? I'm writing an interior monologue as Julia right before she gives the "I love you" note to Winston. The task is to create sympathy for the...

What are some theories about Julia from the book 1984? I'm writing an interior monologue as Julia right before she gives the "I love you" note to Winston. The task is to create sympathy for the character and to include a WOW factor. My ideas so far include Julia basically just not knowing what love actually is and so she tries to feel alive by sleeping with multiple men. That is the only way I can seem to find sympathy for Julia, although that doesn't really have the WOW factor that must be included.

Does anyone have a theory about Julia which could create sympathy for her and would explain why she's giving the note to Winston, for example maybe she was a part of the thought police and hired by O'Brien to take down Winston? 

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I like what you are thinking in your first scenario: that she does not know what love is and is trying to experience it by sleeping with multiple men.  Perhaps you could allow her to have read stories of true love.  Obviously she would have had to do that reading secretly somewhere and somehow, since that Party would not allow her to read Shakespeare or romance novels or anything for that matter.  I do think your scenario has the "WOW" factor, because at least your proposal gives Julia an emotional reason for having sex with men and Winston in the first place.  I've always thought Julia was too cold and mechanical, and your idea gives her more human qualities.  

You said that your goal was to evoke sympathy for Julia.  I would NOT make her a part of the thought police and say that she is working for O'Brien.  That would do the opposite of fostering sympathy.  Your audience would express anger toward Julia, because she would be a part of the very machine that Winston hates and wants to see destroyed.  It would make Julia into a weapon to be used against people like Winston.  It would turn her into a female O'Brien, and at no point did I have sympathy for O'Brien after he started torturing Winston.  

The only way that I can see you creating sympathy for Julia while she is working for the thought police is if the thought police are forcing Julia to do it.  Maybe they gave her some kind of poison that will kill her, but O'Brien keeps giving her antidote as long as she works for him.  Maybe they are threatening something or someone that Julia truly does love and are using that to force Julia into sleeping with Winston. 

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