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Since Julia is so much younger than Winston, she cannot remember a time when The Party did not exist.  Winston, however, has vague memories of life before Big Brother.  He hungers for knowledge about his past and actively seeks this information even though doing so would be considered thought crime.  Julia, on the other hand, has no interest in seeking out knowledge about the past since the only life she has ever known is one where Big Brother maintains total control.  Julia seems a bit jaded, perhaps because she has nothing to compare the conditions of her existence with.  Winston longs to return to the conditions of life prior to the establishment of the Totalitarian society that now governs Oceania.  The nostalgia that comes from visiting the antique shop and purchasing the paperweight evokes a feeling of nausea in the reader as we realize that his hopes for freedom and happiness are no longer plausible.

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What are the differences and similarities between Julia and Winston in 1984 - what chapters best demonstrate their characteristics?

Winston is older than Julia, and unlike her, he remembers the time before the Party took over. For example, he remembers airplanes from his childhood, even though the Party insists it invented them. Winston is obsessed with historical fact, with the theoretical aspects of the Party, such as why the leadership wants to institute Newspeak, and with the idea of an organized rebellion against Party rule.

Julia does not care about historical facts such as when the airplane was invented. She is practical, sensual, and worldly. For her, the focus is on how to survive as well as she can in the world she lives in right now. She doesn't care about Newspeak or rebellions, but she does want to know where to find bootleg coffee or lipstick.

The two complement each other well. Both intensely dislike the Party and want to create their own world apart from the Party and its surveillance. They both love each other, and both have a capacity for loving human relationships. Both can see through the Party's lies.

It's important to note, however, that while we are almost always inside Winston's head, hearing his thoughts, we view Julia through Winston's eyes and never are privy to Julia's innermost thoughts unless she expresses them aloud to Winston.

The best chapter to find out about Winston and Julia is chapter 5 in Part II. It starts with Syme's disappearance, but if you go in a few pages to where the two lovers are in the room above Mr. Charrington's shop, you should find what you need.

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In the book 1984 by George Orwell, how do Winston and Julia share both similarities and differences?

Winston and Julia are both malcontents; that's about as far as the similarities go.  Julia is unhappy because of the restrictions their society places on her, specifically on her sexual activity.  She hates the party, but her hatred is more individual, more concerned with herself.  Winston, on the other hand, has a more intellectual hatred for the party.  He sees it in terms of more than himself, and he seeks to destroy it not only in his personal life, but through helping to foment the Goldstein rebellion.

We see this most clearly in the scene in the "upper room" where Julia and Winston are in bed, perhaps after just having sex (Julia's rebellion), where Winston (the one who traditionally would have rolled over and gone to sleep) is up, reading the intellection content of Goldstein's book, and Julia, bored with the whole thing, is sleeping.

It doesn't really make any difference in the end; all malcontents come to the same end.

Don't you wish Orwell had included a section on what they did to Julia?  Different book. :)

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What are some of Winston and Julia's differences in 1984?

At the beginning of 1984, Winston Smith is a low level bureaucrat who makes his living altering historical records at the Ministry of Truth. Though an unassuming man, he is keenly aware of the oppressive government that rules over him and the lives of millions. His focus throughout the novel is the past and future: the way things used to be before Big Brother existed and how to bring about a world where Big Brother doesn't exist.

Winston's love interest, Julia, is his foil. A decade younger than Winston, she lives in the moment, courting sexual affairs with party members. Though she boasts about covering her tracks, her actions have her walking on a razor's edge between freedom and apprehension by the thought police.

These differences become all the more important in the novel's final scenes. After spending time in Room 101, both Winston and Julia are broken people. They betrayed each other as O'Brien mentally tortured them. It is impossible that they will love each other again. Their near-identical responses speak to their government's ability to control not just people's actions, but their souls.

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