Explore How Shakespeare and Orwell Present Forbidden Love and Rebellion.

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Explore how Shakespeare and Orwell present forbidden love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘1984’.
What is love? What are the main similarities and differences between the presentation of forbidden love in 1984 and Romeo and Juliet? Relate briefly to the contexts of both texts.
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Why does Romeo love Juliet? Why does Winston love Julia?
Look at how Romeo is attracted to Juliet for being beautiful and compare it to how Winston loves Julia for her lack of purity. Explore this idea.
You could use the quotes:
‘The brightness of cheek would shame those stars’ – Romeo about Juliet, page 53, Romeo and Juliet
“Listen. The more men you’ve had, the more I love you. Do you understand?”
“Yes, perfectly.”
“I hate purity, I hate
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At the end of Part 2 Chapter 5.
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Are either of the couples truly in love? How do the endings make you feel about this? Does the fact that Winston and Julia betray each other mean that they are not really in love or just that the force of Big Brother is stronger than their love? Compare this to the fact that Juliet and Romeo do actually kill themselves because they can’t be together.
Compare how in the end Juliet does kill herself, as does Romeo – use quotes from Act 3 Scene 5.
On the other hand, Winston says ‘Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don't care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!’ – part 3 chapter 5
Does this show that it wasn’t true love?
How was the forbidden love presented? Do you think that they were really in love in 1984? Is love created because of rebellion in both plays and therefore it was always going to be forbidden?


Love is a prominent motif in 1984. It is portrayed as a restriction; a law in which to love is to commit a crime.
This restriction arouses the concept of forbidden love, where two people in love are prohibited to meet each other or be with each other.
Forbidden love is seen primarily as thought-crime in Big Brother's empire

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