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Why does Winston hate Julia before he even speaks to her in part 1, chapter 1 of 1984?  

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Winston Smith lives in a dystopia where his personal rights and independence are severely oppressed and he completely lacks agency and autonomy. Winston Smith is attracted to Julia because she is young, pretty, and alluring. Despite being attracted to the girl with the dark hair, Winston knows that he cannot have her and that she is off-limits. As a member of the Junior Anti-Sex League, Julia wears a scarlet sash and appears to be a staunch proponent of the Party. Winston believes that she is bigoted and completely orthodox, like most members of the Junior Anti-Sex League.

He also experiences a sense of danger when he is around her, which makes him think that she may be a member of the Thought Police. Despite the fact that Julia is actually a dissident who hates Big Brother, Winston believes that she is an orthodox supporter of the Party and loathes her. Winston's primary reason for hating Julia stems from the fact that he cannot have her. She embodies the Party and is a sexually...

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