1984 And Winston's Relationship Analysis

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George Orwell’s 1984 had a constant theme of hopelessness, often portrayed as the relationship between Winston Smith and Julia. But could it be possible that this is a one sided relationship? Throughout the novel Julia re-states that she loves Winston, but she actually loved one thing and one thing only about Winston. She is attracted to Winston because he is against the party. The simple truth is that Julia never loved Winston, she loved the notion of rebelling. It is evident that Julia did not love Winston because, the very base of their relationship is based off the concept of being against Big Brother, they did not share the same views on how to go against the party, and towards the end of the book, she sold him out instantly. The …show more content…
“When she is captured by the Thought Police, Julia immediately gives in and confesses to everything. She has no inner strength and no real convictions"(Overview). She sells out Winston in a second, showing how she does not value him as much as a loved one should be valued. She explains to the Thought Police everything and betrays Winston, unlike how Winston suffers to protect her. Winston loves her very much, but she does not love him for himself, only for his rebellious thoughts. So she sells him out in an instant. Later, at the very end of the novel, Winston meets Julia in the streets and she soullessly says “they threaten you with something - something you can 't stand up to, can 't even think about. And then you say, "Don 't do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so-and-so. You want it to happen to the other person. You don 't give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself"(Orwell). Even though Winston is alive, Julia is still numb to emotion. Proving that Julia did not love Winston, she loved rebelling. If she actually loved Winston she would have some emotion, any emotion, towards Winston. But when she lost her rebelliousness nature, she found no use to talk to Winston. As O’Brien stated, “You would hardly recognize her if you saw her. All her rebelliousness, her deceit, her folly, her dirty-mindedness- everything has been burned out of her”(Orwell). Winston was sold out by Julia and then when she lost her need to fight the party, she did not care about him in the

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